Gunmen Kill Catholic Priest, Abduct Another In Katsina




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One Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Bello, has been reportedly killed while another priest, Rev. Fr. Joe Keke, was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Malunfashi, Katsina .

It was gathered the gunmen, on Thursday night, stormed the Catholic parish and started into the air, leaving some people injured the .

The National Social Communications Director, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Padre Mike Umoh, confirmed the incident, said the bandits dumped the lifeless body of Fr Alphonsus Bello the farmland behind the Catechetical Training School, Malunfashi while the whereabouts of Fr. Joe Keke was still unknown. He said “Last night, one of the parishes of the Sokoto Diocese – St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Malunfashi, Katsina – was attacked by . “ priests were kidnapped, Frs. Joe Keke and Alphonsus Bello. Fr Keke, the former parish priest, is in late 70s while Fr. Bello, the current parish priest, is in 30s.

“This morning (Friday) the body of Fr Alphonsus Bello was found lifeless in the farmland behind the Catechetical Training School, Malunfashi. However, the whereabouts of Fr. Joe Keke is still unknown. No contact has been made thus far.” Meanwhile, a reliable source from the Catholic diocese of Sokoto said the deceased priest belonged the Kaduna Archdiocese, but was on Secondment in Sokoto Diocese and deployed the Malumfashi parish in Katsina.