Kafanchan, 08 September, 2023 / 9:40 pm (ACI Africa).
Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan has confirmed the killing of a Seminarian in the Diocese after a Parish rectory he was in was set on fire reportedly by Fulani bandits in what has been confirmed as a kidnapping attempt.
According to Bishop Julius Yakubu Kundi of Kafanchan, Seminarian Na'aman Danlami died when the Fulanis attacked St. Raphael Fadan Kamantan Parish on the night of Thursday, September 7 and set the rectory ablaze.
In an interview with the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, Bishop Kundi said that the Parish Priest, Fr. Emmanuel Okolo, and his Assistant, were able to escape the fire incident in which the 25-year-old Seminarian died.
“The attackers were aiming to kidnap the parish priest. When they failed in their attempt to enter the father's house, they set it on fire. The two priests were able to escape but, terribly, the seminarian was burned inside,” ACN has quoted the Nigerian Catholic Bishop as saying in a report shared with ACI Africa on Friday, September 8.
A screengrab from a video shared with ACI Africa that shows the parish house at St. Raphael Fadan Kamantan Catholic Church of the Diocese of Kafanchan in flames.