War Against Christians: Tears Flow As Bandits Hack Another Top Nigerian Priest To Death, Tie His Corpse To A Tree
Another Catholic priest, Father John Gbakaan, was killed in the Niger State by gunmen accused of being bandits.
Father John Jatau, the priest in charge of St. Theresa Catholic Parish Madala, confirmed this on Sunday to Channels Television, claiming that his killers descended on him with machetes, hacking his body beyond recognition, and then binding his body to a bush tree.
He said Father Gbakaan had traveled to Makurdi in Benue state with his brother and another priest on Thursday, where he went to see his mother. But on his way back, around 9 pm, after Father Gbakaan had dropped Father Jatua at Suleja, he and his brother were attacked by gunmen along the Lambata-Lapai lane.
According to Father Jatau, the priest’s body was found tied to a tree in a bush the next day, Saturday, after alarm had been raised by some of the vigilante members in the region.
The deceased brother was kidnapped and has yet to be identified.
On Saturday, Father Jatau said that the gunmen called the Catholic Diocese of Minna, asking for the amount of thirty million Naira as a ransom, but later decided to take five million Naira.
Negotiations were said to be underway at the time of the filing of this article, while the body of the slain priest was deposited at the IBB Specialist Hospital mortuary in Minna.
As at the moment of filing this article, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Abiodun Wasiu, has yet to confirm the incident.
Father Gbakaan’s killing brings to two the number of Christian clerics killed recently in the Niger state after the revived banditry attacks.
In December 2020, gunmen were killed on his farm in the Chukuba village in Shiroro local government area by a clergy with the Evangelical Church of West Africa.