Catholic priest, Joseph Bako dies in bandit captivity two months after abduction

Mr Joseph Bako, a reverend father of the Catholic Church in the state of Kaduna who was kidnapped by bandits two months ago, has died in captivity.

According to reports, the victim was held captive for eight weeks prior to his death.

Wednesday, the Chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, Reverend Father Christian Okewu Emanuel, made this announcement. The police have yet to confirm the incident.

According to the chancellor, Father Bako was ill before his abduction and the abductors did not allow him go with his drugs for proper medication.

In his reaction, the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Reverend Matthew  Ndagoso, has sympathised with the family of the late clergymen over the incident.

He also commiserated with the entire Catholic community of St John Kudenda and assured them of his fraternal closeness and prayers.

Father Bako was kidnapped by bandits at his pastoral residence of Saint John’s Catholic Church, Kudenda in Chikun Local Government Area on March 8, 2022.

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