Gunmen have kidnapped and murdered the Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Minna, Reverend Father John Yaji.
The Catholic Priest was kidnapped in Tufa village, along the Lambata-Lapai road in Niger State.
According to a source, the Late Reverend father was returning from Lambata, shortly after a religious meeting with his colleagues.
The bandits had kidnapped the late Priest along with his younger brother, whose whereabouts remained unknown.
In a related development, bandits have also abducted 17 people from three communities of the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
The abducted persons are members of Madagwa, Wango, and Marinji, all in Bassa and Kukokki Ward of the Local Government.
According to a source, Sani Qoqi, the bandits had stormed the villages on Saturday night, at different times.
Sani Qoqi added that the whereabouts of the abducted persons have not been known as the kidnappers have not communicated, or made their demands known.
Qoqi, who is also the co-Convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths, described the incident as disheartening and unfortunate.
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