Gunmen have reportedly abducted a Roman Catholic priest, Father Emmanuel Silas of the St. Charles Catholic Church, Zambina, in the Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
This was confirmed by the Chancellor, Kafanchan Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okolo.
In a press conference, he said the priest was kidnapped early on Monday morning from the parish rectory of the church.
He said, “It is with great pain that we announce to you the kidnapping of our Priest, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Silas. The event occurred in the early hours of July 04, 2022, when he could not turn up for morning Mass.
“He was abducted from the parish rectory at St. Charles Catholic Church, Zambina, in the Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“We solicit an intense prayer for his 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 his quick and safe release.
“May Jesus crucified on the Cross, listen to our prayers and hasten the unconditional release of His Priest and all other kidnapped persons.”
This is coming just a week after Rev. Fr. Vitus Viashima Borogo was kidnapped and later killed by his abductors.
He was buried on June 30 in Kaduna.