Jos, 26 May, 2021 / 10:32 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese is spearheading negotiations to secure the safe release of the elderly Nigerian Priest kidnapped last week when gunmen attacked St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Malunfashi in Katsina State within his episcopal see.
Fr. Alphonsus Bello, the 33-year-old Fidei Donum Priest who was serving as Parish Priest was murdered in the wake of the attack that occurred in the early hours of Friday, May 21.
In an interview with the charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Bishop Matthew Kukah says he is in contact with those behind the abduction of 75-year-old Fr. Joseph Keke.
“We have established contact with the kidnappers and we are talking,” Bishop Kukah has been quoted as telling ACN in the Wednesday, May 26 report.
He adds, “It is one of the most painful experiences, talking and pleading with hardened criminals and murderers who, in a more civilized environment, should be locked away for life, but before whose mercy you stand.”