How Can A  Church Close To Military  Checkpoint Be Attacked, Burnt  By Bandits – CAN

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*Demands immediate arrest of those responsible for the ‘Kamatan Evil Night’ 

By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The  Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State Chapter, has raised concerns on how a church close to a military checkpoint in Zango Kataf Local Government Area was attacked by bandits and set ablaze by the hoodlums.

CAN expressed this in a statement, signed by its Kaduna State Chairman, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, made available to our correspondent on Friday September 8, 2023.

“What is disheartening about this particular attack is the fact that the place of attack is just by the Kaduna – Kafanchan Major highway with a Military check point not far from the Parish. 

“The Parish is located at the heart of Kamantan town and the attack was carried out at about 8:00pm. This caused us to wonder some more, where is the hope, how much more terrible could the situation get?” CAN wondered.

According to the text of  statement on titled, “The Kamantan Evil Night Of September 7, 2023” the umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria said, 

“Our hearts are filled with pains at the wake of today 8 September, 2023 with the news of the in our land and against our People at Fadan Kamatan Parish of the Catholic diocese of Kafanchan, Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State.

“It is no longer news that armed men invaded a Catholic Church Parish Headquarters located at Fadan Kamantan community and the criminals targeted the Parish Priest’s residence, lucky the Parish Priest, Very, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okolo  who also doubles as the Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, and his assistant were able to escape out of the house before the criminals set the entire Rectory ablaze burning to death a Seminarian Bro. Naam Ngofe Danladi who is just about completing his training into the Catholic Priesthood”.

CAN however,  appreciated the willingness of the present administration to proffer practical, real and lasting solution to the security challenge in Kaduna State as made visible by the ongoing recruitment process of over 7,000 men and women into the Kaduna State Vigilante Services (KADVIS). 

“In the light of sharing in the faith of the perceived good will of the present administration in Kaduna State, we invite the Governor of Kaduna State and all relevant stakeholders to immediately swing into action and ensure that those responsible for the Kamatan Evil Night are apprehended and made to face the law.

“Security is everyone’s business, it is disappointing that this kind of unholy activity could be recorded at the heart of Fadan Kamantan community and the criminals will operate unchallenged. It is a slap to the security forces within that jurisdiction, it is a slap to the religious leaders, traditional and community leaders. 

“The position of CAN Kaduna State Chapter has always been that we as citizens must complement government in her Primary responsibility of saving our lives and properties by proactively building a community security system that prevents any form of invading force into our community, sadly we are still here. We reiterate again here, that leaders at all levels in southern Kaduna and Kaduna State must wake up to this call and be responsible for the protection of the communities where the live and lead. We cannot continue like this, no it is unacceptable and we all must wake up to our responsibilities,” the statement advised.

It noted that the Executive of  CAN Kaduna State Chapter and indeed all Christians in Kaduna State sincerely sympathize with the chief shepherd and local ordinary of Kafanchan Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Julius Kundi, the Parish Priest and Parishioners of Kamatan Parish, the Kurama Community of Bro. Naam Ngofe Danladi, the leaders and the good people of Zangon Kataf LGA and Fadan Kamantan community over this unfortunate incident.

“We pray that the good Lord will heal our land and bring this menace to an end,” CAN prayed. 

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