May 11, (THEWILL) – A Catholic Priest, Rev Fr. Joseph Aketeh Bako, has died in the hands of his abductors, eight weeks after he was abducted.
The Chancellor, Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, Rev Fr. Christian Okewu Emmanuel, disclosed this on Wednesday in Kaduna.
Late Rev. Fr Bako was kidnapped from his residence in Kudenda community of Chikun local government area of Kaduna State on March 8, 2022.
The Chancellor also disclosed that late Fr. Bako died between April 18 and 20, 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″, he said. Adding that the late clergy was ill before the abduction and his abductors didn’t allow him to go with his drugs.
“His own brother was killed there 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 with him, saw him die”, Rev Fr. Emmanuel, further disclosed.
He said the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, has communicated his deepest sympathies to Fr. Bako’s immediate family and the entire Catholic Community of St John, Kudenda; and assured them of his fraternal closeness and prayers.