Abducted Catholic Priest Found Dead In Kaduna

Rev. Fr. John Mark Chietnum

The decomposing body of Rev. Fr. John Mark Chietnum, one of the two Catholic Priests abducted in Kaduna State has been recovered.

Rev. Fr. Chietnum and Rev. Fr. Donatus Cleopas were abducted last week Friday, 15th July.

Meanwhile the other priest Fr. Cleopas has regained freedom.

Vantage News recalls that the two priests were kidnapped from the rectory of Christ the King Catholic Church, Yadin Garu in the Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna where they were on an assignment.

The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, a statement signed by Rev. Fr Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo on Tuesday, disclosed that while Chietnum was killed, Cleopas regained freedom by escaping from the kidnappers’ den.

The victim was reportedly killed the same day he was kidnapped.

The Diocese declared two-day mourning for the peaceful repose of the late priest, while also soliciting prayers for God’s consolation for his immediate family.

“As we solicit for prayer for the repose of our dear brother and Priest and God’s consolation on his immediate family, we wish to call on all an sundry to refrain from taking the law into their hands. The Diocese declared a two day mourning for peaceful repose of his soul.”

Meanwhile, the burial of Chietum has been scheduled to hold for 10 am, at the Cathedral of St. Peter Kafanchan on Thursday.

Fr. Chietnum served as the coordinating CAN chairman for Southern Kaduna up until his death as well as the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jema’a Local Government Area.


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