On Monday the 4th of July, yet another Catholic priest was abducted by bandits. Reverend Father Emmanuel Silas of the St. Charles Catholic Church, Zambina, in the Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, was abducted in the early hours of Monday morning, as confirmed by the Chancellor of Kafanchan Catholic Diocese, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okolo
Just less than weeks ago, the remains of Rev. Fr. Vitus Borogo a Catholic priest who was murdered by terrorists on his farm was laid to rest in Kaduna. Borogo was killed on June 25, 2022, and his brother, CY Borogo was kidnapped by his abductors.
The series of reoccurring events has caused reactions from the priests in Kaduna Archdiocese, who have been forced into protests, carrying placards in show of their displeasure over the high level of insecurity in the country, more specifically the state. According to a statement from the Chancellor, the priest was abducted from the parish rectory of the church.
“It is with great pain that we announce to you the kidnapping of our Priest, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Silas. The event occurred in the early hours of July 04, 2022, when he could not turn up for morning Mass.”
“He was abducted from the parish rectory at St. Charles Catholic Church, Zambina, in the Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.”
“We solicit an intense prayer for his 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 his quick and safe release.”
“May Jesus crucified on the Cross, listen to our prayers and hasten the unconditional release of His Priest and all other kidnapped persons,” He said.