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Nigeria: Bandits attack Catholic priest, set him ablaze

A catholic priest from Kufai Amadu in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State in Nigeria has been attacked by bandits.

The cleric was ambushed, then set on fire in his own vehicle, according to local media reporting.

According to PUNCH reporting, the cleric was on his way to Takum for a peace meeting with his fellow clergymen.

The Reverend Father has been identified as David Tanko.  He was attacked by Tiv militias, according to eyewitness account.

Catholic priests continue to come under attack in Nigeria in recent times.

Just this month, unknown gunmen shot dead a Catholic priest of Enugu Diocese, Reverend Fr. Paul Offu.

The priest was killed in Awgu Local Government Area of the state.

Offu’s death came some five months after Rev. Fr. Clement Ugwu, the parish priest of St Mark Catholic Church, Obinofia Ndiuno in Ezeagu Local Government Area of the State was also killed.

Fr. Ugwu, who was kidnapped on March 20, 2019 but was found dead in a bush decomposing after a one-week search by his parishioners.

In the past Catholic priests have been kidnapped in parts of Nigeria while others become victims of attacks from gunmen.

Catholic priests have protested these latest wave of attacks on some of their colleagues in recent times.


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