Abducted Catholic priest killed in Niger state

The Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Minna, Reverend Father John Gbakaan Yaji, who was kidnapped by bandits in Niger, was strangled to death with his black and white Rosary.

A source in the Catholic Diocese of Minna, who pleaded anonymity, said the Reverend Father was tortured to death.

The source said he conveyed the body of the Priest to the mortuary in IBB Hospital Minna.

A search on the body, he said, revealed the priest was subjected to brutal torture leading to his death.

The source further said the bandits have been asking for ransom for release of the brother, who was abducted with the Priest.

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The Police was yet to speak on the incident.

But the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Niger described the incident as unfortunate and painful.

Niger CAN Chairman, Rev Mathias Echioda, lamented the increasing spate of kidnappings and killings by bandits in the state.

“These attacks are unfortunate and we should not base them as religious but we should all come together to put an end to banditry. And I know God who answers prayers will deliver us from the hands of the wicked,” he said.

The Nation.

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