FRCN HQ
Crime Featured Headline News Nigeria

Gunmen invade Mathew Kukah’s parish, kidnap priests, others

Gunmen have broken into 1 of the parishes presided over by the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan-Kukah, kidnapping 8 persons that include 2 catholic priests.

A source told Radio Nigeria that the gunmen who trekked to Gidan Maikambu village in Dutsen Kura Ward of Kafur Local Government Area arrived at around 11.00hrs at night where they gained entrance into the compound of the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at the outskirts of the village and abducted the priests and two of their guests.

The abducted persons as identified by the source were Rev. Father Oliver Okpara and Father Stephen Ojapa.

Father Kukah’s Sokoto Diocese covers Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States.

Similarly, bandits had attacked Barebari village in Safana Local Government Area of the state where they abducted four persons.

A source from Babban-dudu village which is in close proximity with Barebari told Radio Nigeria that the operation lasted several hours as the bandits carried out a house-to-house raid in search of livestock to rustle.

He disclosed that a popular politician in the village, Alhaji Dan-mashubulle, was among those that were kidnapped during the raid.

When contacted, the State Police Command Public Relations Officer said he the command was yet to receive a report on the two incidents and promised to get back to Radio Nigeria after confirming the incidents.

These attacks are coming barely one day after bandits killed 12 people at Gakurdi village in Jibia Local Government Area of the state.

The bandits also vandalised farmlands belonging to the residents of the village which is on the Nigeria-Niger Republic border.

Reporting by Isma’il Adamu; editing by Muzha Kucha