JUST IN: Bandits abduct Catholic priest in Kaduna

Bandits have kidnapped Rev. Father Gabriel Ukeh, the presiding priest of St. Thomas Parish in Zaman Dabo Community, located in the Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The abduction took place in the early hours of Sunday at the parish rectory.

This information was revealed by the Vicar General (Pastoral), Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Kazah, in a press release.

He said, “While we solicit for fervent prayers for his urgent and safe release, we equally condemn this act of incessant kidnappings for ransom of innocent and defenceless citizens of our communities, and we call upon the government to horn its security intelligence as we approach the celebration of Sallah.

“As we work with security operatives for his quick release, we wish to call on all to stay away from taking the laws into their hands. We will use every legitimate means to ensure that Fr. comes back to us safe and sound.

“Through the intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Priests and Religious, may Jesus the crucified hearken to our prayers and hasten the unconditional release of His Priest and every other abducted person.”

When contacted, the Kaduna State Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, said, “I will confirm and get back to you.

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