Bandits Kidnap Catholic Priest In Kaduna As Parish Begs For Release 

By Damilare Adeleye
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Rev. Father Gabriel Ukeh

Bandits suspected to be kidnappers have reportedly abducted Rev. Father Gabriel Ukeh, the presiding priest of St. Thomas Parish, Zaman Dabo Community, in the Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

It was learnt that the parish priest was abducted at the parish rectory in the early hours of Sunday, June 9.

The Vicar General (Pastoral), Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Kazah, made this known in a press statement issued on Sunday.

He said, “While we solicit for fervent prayers for his urgent and safe release, we equally condemn this act of incessant kidnappings for ransom of innocent and defenceless citizens of our communities, and we call upon the government to horn its security intelligence as we approach the celebration of Sallah.

“As we work with security operatives for his quick release, we wish to call on all to stay away from taking the laws into their hands. We will use every legitimate means to ensure that Fr. comes back to us safe and sound.

“Through the intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Priests and Religious, may Jesus the crucified hearken to our prayers and hasten the unconditional release of His Priest and every other abducted person.”