Gunmen have abducted the priest in charge of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Anchuna village in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Rev. Father Luka Yakusak.
Spokesperson of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, Luka Binniyat, said the priest was taken hostage by bandits on Monday night at his residence.
Anchuna village is the hometown of the outspoken Sokoto Catholic Bishop Matthew Kukah, whose brother was abducted sometime ago.
Binniyat said, “The siege on native communities in Zangon Kataf LGA, is assuming a new dimension with clergy targeted for murder or kidnapped for ransom.
“The kidnap of the Parish Priest of St Matthew’s Catholic Church, Anchuna village, the village home of the outspoken Bishop Hassan Mathew Kukah yesterday(Monday)is one more crime that SOKAPU views with strong suspicion of more grim crime planed against our people. And we warned of dire consequences if this is not immediately check by the right authority.
“SOKAPU believes that the kidnapping of Fr. Yakusak yesterday in Anchuna, is to send send fears into the heart of the Kukah – erudite civil right champion and strong critic of the misrule of this government into silence. This coming after his junior brother, Agom Ikulu, Chief Yohanna Sidi Kukah, the traditional ruler of Ikulu land was kidnapped in December, 2017.”