Crime & Justice

Catholic priest abducted, two killed as gunmen attack Kaduna church

Samad Uthman

Joseph Aketeh, catholic priest; a woman and two children have been abducted by gunmen who killed two people in an attack on Kudendan, a suburb of Kaduna.

TheCable learnt the attack on Kudendan happened at 1:15 am on Tuesday. 

One Mohammed Salisu and a security guard at St John’s Catholic Church were reportedly killed. 

The gunmen were said to have come in large numbers, well-armed and operated for over an hour as they moved from one location to another within the community.


“The terrorists were firing shots indiscriminately around the community. They went from one location to the other”, a source in the community said. 

“It is like St John’s Catholic Church was one of their targets. They broke into the church and abducted Rev. Fr. Joseph Aketeh, at his residence”.

“The guard went into hiding when he saw them, but as they were leaving with the priest, they sighted him and killed him.


“There was fear and apprehension everywhere. Nobody slept throughout the night because of fear. A woman and her two children were also kidnapped.”

When contacted, Mohammad Jalige, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, said he heard about the incident, but had not received official information on it.

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