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Developing Story, Bishop Kukah Church Attacked By Gunmen, Priests And Others Abducted In Sokoto

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Early Wednesday Gunmen broke into one of the parishes presided over by the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan-Kukah, The PUNCH has learnt.

Punch correspondent gathered that the armed hoodlums kidnapped two priests and two others in the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, in the Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Kukah’s Sokoto Diocese covers Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States.

The Director, Social Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Rev. Fr Christopher Omotosho, confirmed the development with our correspondent on Wednesday morning.

He said the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto is under attack and no information has been gotten as to the whereabouts of the abductees.

 

Omotosho said, “As at midnight of today, 25th May, 2022, gunmen broke into the rectory of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Gidan Maikambo, Kafur LGA of Katsina State.

“The parish priest and his assistant Rev. Frs. Stephen Ojapa, MSP, and Oliver Okpara and two boys in the house were kidnapped.

“No information as to their whereabouts. Kindly pray for their safety and release.”

When contacted, the spokesman for Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isah, said, “Let me find out.”

On May 14, rioting hoodlums  vandalised some parishes presided over by Kukah in Sokoto following his condemnation of the gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu by her Muslim colleagues.

The 200-level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto was alleged to have  blaspheme  against Prophet Muhammed.

Some parts of Kukah’s church buildings and a bus was set ablaze in one of the premises.

The Sokoto assumed religious riot has extended to some parts of Bauchi and Abuja in the last few days while security agents and some northern governors have warned against religious violence.

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Breaking News, Nigerian Air Force Jet Bombs Katsina Village Accidentally Killing Scores

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It was a black Wednesday as a fighter jet operated by the Nigerian Air Force bombed Kunkuna village in the Safana Local Government Area of ​​Katsina State, killing unspecified number of villagers.

The details of the incident are still sketchy, it was learnt that the pilots of the military jet “accidentally” hit the wrong coordinates while targeting a camp belonging to bandits in the area.
“A military jet earlier today dropped airstrikes on Kunkuna Village in Safana Local Government Area of ​​Katsina State. We cannot confirm the number of casualties now,” a source said.

SaharaReporters called Edward Gabkwet, Air Force spokesman but the calls were not answered nor returned.
On Tuesday, terrorists attacked an advance team in the convoy of President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina.
Villagers in the past have reported some civilian casualties in aerial bombardments in Northeastern Nigeria.
In 2020, a military jet deployed to repel an attack by Boko Haram dropped a bomb that landed in a compound where civilians were having child christening.
A fighter jet also on a mission against Boko Haram extremists in April 2021 mistakenly bombed men of the Nigerian Army, killing over 20 officers.
The soldiers who were reinforced from Ngandu village were said to be on their way to Mainok, headquarters of the Kaga Local Government Area of Borno state which was under attack by militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād.
Some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 and freed last year also said three of their classmates were killed by Air Force bombardments.
In June 2021, an offensive aerial bombardment of the NAF Alpha jet carried out around Genu town in Niger State resulted in the killing of some wedding guests.
In September 2021, about 10 villagers were killed after a military jet bombed a village in the Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State.
A few days later, an Air Force jet dropped a bomb on a Nigerian community in the Lake Chad region.
In February 2022, an airstrike by the Nigerian Air Force targeting bandits killed seven children and wounded five others by mistake in the Niger Republic.

Source Sahara Reporters

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Just In, Kuje Prison Attack, President Muhammadu Buhari Visits Facility

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President Muhammadu inspecting burnt Kuje prison

Today President Muhammadu Buhari have visited the scene of the attack by terrorist at the Kuje prison in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.

 

President went round the facility that was attacked, in company of some members of his cabinet and top security Chiefs.

Burnt vehicles at Kuje prison

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Breaking, Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad Resigns Amidst Corruption Allegations

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Justice Tanko Muhammad, Chief  justice of Nigeria has resigned, according to Channels Television today Monday.

The Source told Channels Television that Justice Muhammad resigned on Sunday night, citing ill-health as the reason for his decision.

Information also has it that arrangements are ongoing to swear in the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

According to reports, a formal announcement will be made shortly.

Until his resignation, reports had it that Justice Muhammad was seriously ill.

It would be recalled that last week, 14 justices of the Supreme Court had written him a letter to lament the decrepit state of affairs in the apex court.

This is a story just unfolding as there will be updates later..

Source: Channels TV

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