One of the parishes presided over by the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan-Kukah has been attacked by Gunmen, in the early hours of Wednesday.
According to The Punch 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.
Kukah’s Sokoto Diocese covers Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States.
The Director, Social Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Rev. Fr Christopher Omotosho, who confirmed the invasion said the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto is under attack and no information has been gotten as to the whereabouts of the abductees.
In the words of Omotosho, “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.”
In reaction to the development, the spokesman for Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isah, said, “Let me find out,” When he contacted.
In the past, there have been series of attack, just like May 14, when rampaging hoodlums torched and vandalised some parishes presided over by Kukah.
This event occurred 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.
Another thing which was vandalised by the rioters, apart from parts of Kukah’s church buildings was a bus in one of the premises.
So far, security agents and some northern governors have warned against religious violence as Sokoto religious-tainted riot has extended to some parts of Bauchi and Abuja in the last few days.