Kafanchan, 19 July, 2022 / 9:16 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Nigeria has announced the “gruesome murder” of Fr. John Mark Cheitnum who kidnapped on July 15 alongside Fr. Denatus Cleopas, the latter having safely escaped from his captors.
In a Tuesday, July 19 statement shared with ACI Africa, the Chancellor of the Nigerian Diocese says, “Sequel to the announcement of the two kidnapped priests from our diocese, we wish to announce that Rev. Fr. Donatus Cleophas escaped from his abductors and has reunited with us,”
Fr. Denatus Cleopas. Credit: Courtesy Photo
However, Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo adds, “it is with a deep sense of sorrow and pains that the Bishop, Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Diocese of Kafanchan announce the gruesome murder of Very Rev. Fr. John Mark Cheitnum.”
“Fr. John Mark who was abducted from the rectory of Christ the King Parish Yadin Garu, Lere L.G.A of Kaduna State, was brutally killed by his abductors on the same day of his abduction; Friday 15th July, 2022,” the Chancellor of the Nigerian Diocese says in his July 19 statement.