A priest of St. Charles Catholic Church, Zambina, in the Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has been abducted by Bandits in the early hours of Monday.
The Chancellor, Kafanchan Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okolo, who confirmed the incident in a statement explained that the priest Reverend Father Emmanuel Silas was abducted from the parish rectory of the church in the early hours of the day.
According to him, they were able to know about the incident when the priest did not show up for the early morning mass on Monday.
However, the police are yet to comment on the development
This comes less than two weeks after the priest in charge of the Kaduna Polytechnic Catholic community, Reverend Father Vitus Borogo was killed by terrorists on his farm at Kujama in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Chancellor, while soliciting the prayers for the immediate and safe release of the abducted priest, said the Catholic Community will use all legal means to ensure the safe release of the priest.
“It is with great pain that we announce to you the kidnapping of our Priest, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Silas. The event occurred in the early hours of July 04, 2022, when he could not turn up for morning Mass.
“He was abducted from the parish rectory at St. Charles Catholic Church, Zambina, in the Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“We solicit an intense prayer for his quick and safe release. We equally wish to call on all and sundry to refrain from taking the laws into their hands.
“We will use every legitimate means to ensure his quick and safe release.
“May Jesus be crucified on the Cross, listen to our prayers and hasten the unconditional release of His Priest and all other kidnapped persons.”