Catholic Priest Killed, Another Kidnapped As Bandits Invade Parish

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Late Fr. Alphonsus Bello

A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Bello, has been reportedly killed by bandits in Malunfashi, Katsina State.

The bandits abducted Rev. Fr. Joe Keke when they attacked the St Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church late on Thursday.

VANTAGE NEWS learnt that the bandits stormed the Catholic parish and started shooting into the air, leaving some people injured.]

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The National Social Communications Director, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Padre Mike Umoh, who confirmed the incident to Vanguard, said the suspected bandits dumped the lifeless body of Fr Alphonsus Bello in the farmland behind the Catechetical Training School, Malunfashi while the whereabouts of Fr. Joe Keke was still unknown.

He said, “Last night, one of the parishes of the Sokoto Diocese – St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Malunfashi, in Katsina state – was attacked by unknown gunmen.

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“Two priests were kidnapped, Frs. Joe Keke and Alphonsus Bello. Fr Keke, the former parish priest, is in his late 70s while Fr. Bello, the current parish priest, is in his 30s.

“This morning (Friday) the body of Fr Alphonsus Bello was found lifeless in the farmland behind the Catechetical Training School, Malunfashi. However, the whereabouts of Fr. Joe Keke is still unknown. No contact has been made thus far.”

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