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Tragedy struck again in Kaduna State as another Catholic priest who has been identified as Rev Fr Emmanuel Silas was abducted in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State in the early hours of Monday.
Fr Silas, who is in the priest in charge of St. Charles Catholic Church, Zambina in Kauru LGA, had been reported missing after he failed to appear for morning mass.
The Chancellor, Kafanchan Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okolo disclosed the sad news in a statement on Monday. He, however, urged the christian community to remain calm as legitimate processes are being exploited to ensure his safe and quick release.
Fr Okolo was quoted to have said in the statement: “It is with great pain that we announce to you the kidnapping of our Priest, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Silas. The sad event is believed to have 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 Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“While we solicit for 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.”
Lately bandits have been unleashing mayhem on christians in the state, mostly targeting catholic priests. Barely two weeks ago, Reverend Father Vitus Borogo was killed and his brother abducted by bandits while working on his farm. He was laid to rest last week in the state capital.
Other catholic priests were also kidnapped in Katsina, Edo among other states between last month and now, amidst rising spate of attacks on Christian community by the hoodlums in recent times.