Gunmen believed to be terrorists on Wednesday morning broke into one of the parishes in Katsina State, but under the Sokoto Diocese of the Catholic Church, headed by Father Bishop, His Grace, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan-Kukah.
The armed hoodlums kidnapped two priests and two others in the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, in the Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State, according to sources.
The Sokoto Diocese covers Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states.
The Director, Social Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Rev. Fr Christopher Omotosho, confirmed the incident on Wednesday morning, adding that the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto was under attack and no information has been got as to the whereabouts of the abductees.
Omotosho's words, “As at midnight of today, 25th May, 2022, gunmen broke into the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, Kafur LGA of Katsina State.
“The parish priest and his assistant Rev. Frs. Stephen Ojapa, MSP, and Oliver Okpara and two boys in the house were kidnapped. No information as to their whereabouts. Kindly pray for their safety and release.”
On May 14, rampaging hoodlums torched and vandalised some parishes presided over by Kukah in Sokoto following his condemnation of the gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu by her Muslim colleagues.
The 200-level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto was accused of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammed.
The rioters also burnt some parts of Kukah’s church buildings and set a bus ablaze in one of the premises.
The Sokoto religious riot has extended to some parts of Bauchi and Abuja in the last few days while security agents and the Northern Governors' Forum, NGF, has warned against religious violence.