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Bandits invade Katsina church, abduct two priests, three others

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Abimbola Aderinola Dorcas

In the early hours of Wednesday, gunmen attacked Saint Patrick Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, in the Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State and abducted two priests alongside 3 other people from the church.

Vanguard newspapers reported that the bandits, who came in large number, strategically sneaked into the parish then began shooting sporadically before abducting the victims.

The director of social communications at the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Christopher Omotosho, also confirmed the incident in a statement.

It read, “As at midnight of today, 25th May, 2022, gunmen broke into the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, Kafur LGA of Katsina State.

”The parish priest and his assistant Rev. Frs. Stephen Ojapa, MSP, and Oliver Okpara and 2 other boys in the house were kidnapped.

“No information as to their whereabouts. Kindly pray for their safety and release.”

However, the Katsina State Police Command is yet to react to the development. When contacted, the police spokesman, Gambo Isah said he hasn’t received any report on the incident, promising to get to the press once he gets any update.

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