Catholic priest kidnapped in Kaduna

A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Gabriel Ukeh, has been abducted by bandits in Kaduna. The sad incident occurred at St. Thomas Parish, Zaman Dabo Community, in the Zango Kataf Local Government Area of the state.

The news was made known in a press statement by the Diocesan Vicar General (pastoral), Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Kazah, who revealed that the cleric was kidnapped on Sunday, June 9, 2024.

The Archdiocese of Kaduna condemned the action and demanded the immediate and safe release of one of their own. In addition, they requested prayers for the release of the kidnap victim. The statement also extended a plea to an end to the endless kidnappings in the state.

An excerpt of the statement read, “While we solicit for his urgent and safe release, we equally condemn this act of incessant kidnappings for ransom of innocent and defenseless citizens of our communities, and we call upon the government to hone its security intelligence as we approach the salah celebration.”

“As we work with security operatives for his quick release, we wish to call on all to stay away from taking laws into their hands. We will use every legitimate means to ensure that Fr. Ukeh comes back to us safe and sound. 

"Through the intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of priests and religious, may Jesus the crucified, hearken to our prayers, and hasten the unconditional release of his priest and every other abducted person.”

Kidnappings in Nigeria have become rampant and Rev. Fr. Gabriel Ukeh’s case is one out of many others. His case occurred almost a month after Rev. Fr. Oliver Buba was kidnapped from the Catholic Diocese of Yola.

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