Catholic Priest Murdered In Katsina

Yemisi Izuora

Armed criminals on Friday in Katsina killed a Catholic Priest, Father Alphonsus Bello, while another priest, Father Joe Keke was kidnapped in an attack.

Father Bello, the Parish Priest of St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, was found dead on Friday morning, while Father Keke was allegedly kidnapped by the criminals.

The kidnapped cleric is a priest in residence.

Confirming the Incident the National Director of Social Communications of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Fr Mike Umoh, said that Fr Bello’s lifeless body was found on a farmland behind the Catechetical Training School in Malumfashi.

He stated that Fr Bello’s tragic death comes after an earlier report at about 1:35 am; by the Dean of Malumfashi Deanery, Fr Stephen Ojapah, MSP; who pointed out that the parish house of St. Vincent Ferrer had been attacked by a group of about fifteen bandits.

The priests, Frs. Alphonsus Bello and Joe Keke were abducted by the group of bandits during the attack and the whereabouts of Fr Keke, 75, is still unknown; with the bandits yet to make contact.

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