Kaduna, 11 May, 2022 / 9:41 pm (ACI Africa).
Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna has announced the passing on Fr. Joseph Akete Bako who was kidnapped from the Archdiocese in March.
In a Wednesday, May 11 statement shared with ACI Africa, the Chancellor of the Nigerian Archdiocese says that Fr. Bako who was kidnapped on March 8 could have died about a month after his kidnapping.
“It is with a heavy heart, but with total submission to the will of God that we announce the death of Rev. Fr. Joseph Aketeh Bako, which took place in the hands of his abductors between 18th and 20th of April 2022,” Fr. Christian Okewu Emmanuel says in the statement.
Fr. Okewu adds, in reference to the late Catholic Priest, “The fact of the circumstances leading to his death and the date of the incident have been carefully verified, hence this communication at this time.”
Aged 48, Fr. Bako was taken away by bandits following an attack on St. John’s Catholic Parish of Kaduna Archdiocese where he served as Parish Priest.