Two Catholic priests, reverend fathers John Mark Cheitnum, and Donatus Cleopas were, over the weekend, kidnapped by terrorists in Kaduna State.
In the wake of the incident, which happened in Lere Local Council, Christian leaders called for calm among the religious community, urging the faithful to desist from taking laws into their hands.
Again, terrorists abduct two Catholic priests in Kaduna
Their abduction was confirmed by the Chancellor, Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo, in a statement made available to journalists, in Kaduna. He equally appealed for the release of the two victims.
Okolo said: “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.
According to him: “The sad event of their abduction occurred around 5.45 pm of July 15, 2022, when the two priests were on their way to a function at a different parish in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“We solicit for 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,” the Catholic chancellor said.
“May Jesus crucified on the Cross listen to our prayers and hasten the unconditional release of His priests and all other kidnapped persons.”
The unfortunate kidnapped of the two priests happened a few weeks after three Catholic priests were abducted in the state. While the two were released, one was kidnapped on his way to the farm.