Kidnappers released Northern Priest, Joe Keke, after killing Alphophsus Bello


75 years old Northern Priest, Fr. Joe Keke and Alphophsus Bello were kidnapped by bandits from the premises of Saint Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Malumfashi, Katsina state on May 21, 2021. 

However, after spending two weeks in the kidnappers dens, they were freed by their abductors but Alphophsus Bello was found dead by the Catechetical Training Centre of the parish by search team

The news was disclosed by the Director of Communications, Fr. Chris Omotosho on Thursday via the Facebook page of Sokoto Diocese Catholic Church.

Omotosho stated, "Keke had been freed by the abductors and was currently receiving  medical attention, and he prayed for the soul of Late Alphophsus to rest in perfect peace."

The confirmation of their release was still on hold as of the time of filing the report because, the Spokeperson of Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah could not be reached.

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