Kaduna, 08 May, 2022 / 8:40 pm (ACI Africa).
Conflicting reports have emerged describing the fate of a Catholic Priest who was kidnapped in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, with some sources alleging that the Priest has been tortured to death in captivity.
A source in Nigeria told Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) United Kingdom, that Fr. Joseph Akete Bako who was taken away following a March 8 attack on St. John’s Catholic Church where he served as Parish Priest before the kidnapping has died.
The charity foundation, which provides support to the people of God in countries experiencing extremism spoke to Fr. Emmanuel Anyanwu, the Assistant Parish Priest of St. John’s Catholic Church, who said that Fr. Bako “suffered greatly before his death.”
“He (Fr. Bako) was tortured because they were forcing him to pay a huge amount of ransom for his release. In this case, there was physical torture and beatings which caused him huge amounts of pain and agony,” Fr. Anyanwu was quoted as saying in the April 29 ACN United Kingdom report.
He added in reference to Fr. Bako, the kidnapped Priest, “Because of his fragile health challenges, he couldn’t survive the torture.”