Unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted Reverend Father Luka Benson Yakusak, a priest in charge of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Anchuna, Ikulu Chiefdom in the Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Anchuna settlement in Ikulu Chiefdom is the village of fiery Catholic priest, Bishop Matthew Kukah, in Kaduna.
A source said that the gunmen stormed the priest’s official residence and whisked him away to an unknown destination.
According to SaharaReporters, the Hausa Christians Foundation took to their Facebook to mobilise prayers for the abducted Priest tagged prayer alert.
"Barely two days that Rev Silas Y Ali an ECWA Pastor of ECWA Zonzon DCC was martyred (11/09/2021) by Hausa/Fulani Muslims at Zango Town, Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State another Catholic Priest of Anchuna Parish Rev.
“Fr. Benson Yakusak in Ikulu Chiefdom of Zagon Kataf LGA, Kaduna State, was kidnapped by "unknown gunmen" this yesterday's night (13-09-2021).
"Join us to pray for God's intervention concerning this God's servant. We shall not loss this one to these evil people in Jesus Name. Amen!
“Pray for Kaduna State! Pray for the Church in Northern Nigeria! #HACFOPersecutionWatch"
All efforts made to reach the public relations officer of Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammad Jalige, proved abortive as his phone was switched off.
However, spokesman of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, Luka Binniyat, confirmed the incident, saying the Catholic priest was abducted at his residence at about 8pm on Monday.
Binniyat said the persistent attacks and killings in Southern Kaduna communities, especially in Zangon Kataf LGA, and the seeming inability of security agencies to stop the attacks has rendered the people helpless.
“Yes, I can confirm that a Catholic priest in Achuna, Bishop Kukah’s village was abducted on Monday at about 8pm.
“This is not the first time gunmen are attacking the community. You recall that some years back, the traditional ruler of Ikulu Chiefdom who is Bishop Kukah’s brother was abducted,” Binniyat said.
According to him, “These persistent attacks and killings in the Southern Kaduna communities, especially in Zangon Kataf LGA, and the seeming inability of security agencies to stop the attacks has made our people helpless.”
THISDAY reports that the abduction of the priest came less than 24 hours after 12 people, mainly women and children were killed on Sunday in an attack on Apiyejim village, Atyap Chiefdom, also in Zango-Kataf LGA.
Also on Saturday, Rev. Silas Ali, a pastor of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Kibori, was killed by unknown assailants on his way from Kafanchan back home.