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Weekend Flashback: Again, 2 Catholic Priests kidnapped in Kaduna

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Again two catholic priests have been reportedly kidnapped by bandits in Kaduna State. They include Rev. Fr. John Mark Cheitnum and Rev. Fr. Donatus Cleopas.

The duo was reportedly kidnapped in Lere local government area of Kaduna State by terrorists on Friday, 15th July, 2023.

Police is yet to issue a release to this effect. However, the sad incident has already been confirmed by the Chancellor, Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo, in a statement made available to journalists in Kaduna Saturday.

The Chancellor said, “It is with great pain that we announce to you the kidnapping of two of our Priests: Rev. Frs. John Mark Cheitnum and Donatus Cleopas.

“The sad event of their abduction occurred around 5.45pm of July 15, 2022, shortly after the two priests were on their way to a function at a different parish in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

“We solicit for an intense prayer for their 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 their quick and safe release. May Jesus crucified on the Cross listen to our prayers and hasten the unconditional release of His Priests and all other kidnapped persons,” it stated.

The incident is coming barely a few weeks after three others were kidnapped in the State, with two released, while some killed previously.

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