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Gunmen kidnap 2 Catholic priests in Kaduna State

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Two Catholic priests have been abducted in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The priests, identified as John Cheitnum and Donatus Cleopas, were said to have been abducted on Friday at Gure parish.

The Chancellor of the Kafanchan Catholic Diocese, Emmanuel Okolo said in a statement that the priests were kidnapped shortly after they arrived the parish rectory of Christ the King Catholic Church in Yadin Garu, in the LGA.

“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 statement reads.

“The sad event of their abduction occurred around 5.45 pm of 15 July 2022, shortly after the two priests who were on their way to a function at a different parish (Gure), arrived at the parish rectory of Christ the King Catholic Church, Yadin Garu, in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

“As we solicit 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”.

The development comes days after Emmanuel Silas, a Catholic priest, was abducted in Kauru LGA of Kaduna State.

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