Catholic Priest Dies In Kidnapper’s Den

The Kidnapped Kaduna Catholic Priest, Rev Fr. Joseph Aketeh Bako has died at the hands of his abductors.


The Chancellor, Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, Rev Fr. Christian Okewu Emanuel announced disclosed this on Wednesday in Kaduna.


It would be recalled that the late Rev Fr Bako was kidnapped in his residence at Kudende community on March 8, 2022.


The Chancellor also disclosed that late Fr. Bako died between 18th and 20th of April, 2022.


“Fr Joseph (aged 48) was kidnapped from his residence, in St John Catholic Church Kudenda, where he was serving as Parish Priest, on the 8th March, 2022”.


According to the Chancellor, Fr. Bako was ill and his abductors didn’t allow him to go with his drugs. 


He said “his own brother was killed in his presence and after his brother was killed his condition worsened and he died”.


“We have not recovered his corpse but we have confirmed his death, people who were kidnapped together saw him die”.


He further said that the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso has communicated his deepest sympathies to his immediate family and the entire Catholic Community of St John Kudenda; and assured them of his fraternal closeness and prayers”.


“Details of his Funeral arrangement will be announced as soon as they are read

Meanwhile, kindly continue to pray for his peaceful repose, and fort

consolation of the bereaved Christian Community in the Archdiocese of Kaduna”.

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