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Terrorists Abduct Catholic Priest In Northwest Nigeria

Almost a week ago, another clergyman was killed in the same local government of Kaduna State.

Terrorists have abducted Luka Yakusak, a catholic priest in the Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.

According to The Cable, the clergyman was abducted on Monday, Sept. 13, around 8:00 p.m. WAT. 

Luka Binniyat, spokesperson of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) who confirmed the abduction said that the “persistent attacks and killings in the southern Kaduna communities, especially in Zangon Kataf LGA, and the seeming inability of security agencies to stop the attacks have made our people helpless.”

Locals who witnessed the incident said that the terrorists who invaded the community shot sporadically before making their way to the priest’s home.

Achuna village is the hometown of Kukah, a popular Catholic Bishop known for holding the government accountable. 

“This is not the first time gunmen are attacking the community, you recall that some years back, the traditional ruler of Ikulu chiefdom who is Bishop Kukah’s brother was abducted,” Binniyat added.

HumAngle contacted Muhammed Jalige, spokesperson of the Kaduna state Police to comment on the latest incident but he did not respond to his calls and text messages.

Recently, Northwest states, including Kaduna adopted strict security measures to deal with the insecurity bedeviling the region. But terrorists have carried out attacks regardless of the strict security measures. 

HumAngle had earlier reported a terrorist attack in Zangon Kataf LGA, which led to the death of 12 persons. On Saturday, Sept. 6, an Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Priest was killed by an armed gang in the same Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna state.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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