Terrorists on Wednesday morning, May 25, broke into the rectory of Saint Patrick Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, which is located in the Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State and abducted two Catholic Priests and two boys, said the authorities.
The terrorists have not yet made any demands or communicated with the Catholic Diocese since the time of the report was filed.
The director of social communications at the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Christopher Omotosho, confirmed the incident. He also asked the public to pray for the safe return of the ones who had been kidnapped.
Omotosho said, “As of midnight of today, May 25, 2022, gunmen broke into the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, Kafur LGA of Katsina State.”
“The parish priest and his aide Rev. Frs. Stephen Ojapa, MSP, Oliver Okpara and two other boys in the house were abducted.”
“No information has been released as to their whereabouts. Kindly pray for their protection and release.”
Gambo Isah, the spokesperson for the Katsina State Command of the Nigerian Police, did not respond or react to multiple calls seeking comment on this case.
The Katsina abduction case came two weeks after another Catholic priest’s kidnapping in Akwa Ibom, South Nigeria.
Alphonsus Uboh was kidnapped by his kidnappers on May 9 from his parsonage at Saint Pius X Parish, Ikot Abasi Akpan, in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state, later asking for a ransom of N100.
The 48-year-old was released after four days after his church paid the ransom. Before the abduction of a Catholic priest, another clergyman was also kidnapped in Nigeria less than three weeks earlier.
The founder of Solid Rock Kingdom Church, John Okoriko, was kidnapped in Ibekwe Akpanya, less than 10 kilometres from where Catholic priest Alphonsus Uboh was abducted.
Mr Okoriko’s kidnappers also ordered a N100 million ransom for his release.