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Gunmen Abduct Two Catholic Priests In Niger Community

The Niger State Police Command has confirmed that gunmen have abducted two Priests of St Luke’s Catholic Church, Fr Paul Sanogo and Seminarian Melchior respectively in Gyedna, Garam Ward, Tafa Local Government Area of the state.

The State Police spokesperson, SP Wasiu Abiodun on Thursday, August 3, 2023 confirmed the development, saying police tactical teams led by the DPO of Tafa Division had been dispatched to the scene.

“However, the location of the church was discovered to be on the outskirt of the town, which is about an hour drive from Sabon-Wuse, and surrounded by mountains and forest, close to Kagarko area of Kaduna state.

“Meanwhile, other seminarians therein have been advised to relocate temporarily while an investigation into the incident is ongoing with a view to rescuing the victims and arresting the perpetrators of the crime,” he said.

It was gathered that the priests were kidnapped in the early hours of Thursday, 3 August 2023 at their residence in Gyedna.

It was also gathered that the kidnappers shot into the air for over an hour before they whisked away the two priests.

The Catholic Bishop of Minna, Most Rev Dr Martin Igwe Uzoukwu in a message he sent to church members said the two priests were pastoral workers at St Luke’s Catholic Church Gyedna.

Part of the message read: “On behalf of my Auxiliary Most Rev Sylvester Luka Gopep, the Priests and Religious of the Catholic Diocese of Minna, I request for your prayers for Fr Paul Sanogo (M.Afr) and Seminarian Melchior who were kidnapped by bandits in the early hours of August 3, 2023 at the priest residence at Gyedna, Niger State.

“Fr Paul Sanogo (M.Afr) and Seminarian Melchior are pastoral workers serving at St Luke’s Catholic Church Gyedna, Niger State. We pray the Lord hears our prayers and bring them back in peace.”

Source: Daily Trust

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