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CAN Reacts As Abducted Priest Is Found Dead In Kaduna

CAN Reacts As Abducted Priest Is Found Dead In Kaduna

CAN Reacts As Abducted Priest Is Found Dead In Kaduna

CAN Reacts As Abducted Priest Is Found Dead In Kaduna

The brutal murder of Rev. Fr. John Mark Cheitnum by terrorists has been referred to as a dangerous environment for Christian leaders by the Kaduna State branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

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Fr. John Mark was kidnapped from the rectory of Christ the King Parish in YadinGaru, Lere Local Government Area, Kaduna State. On the same day of his kidnapping, Friday, July 15, 2022, his kidnappers cruelly murdered him.

Very Rev. Fr. John Mark Cheitnum, a priest who served as the state’s CAN chairman for the Jema’a Local Government Area and the coordinator of CAN in Southern Kaduna, was killed. Rev. John Joseph Hayab, the CAN state chairman in Kaduna, expressed regret in response.

According to Rev. Hayab, “Kaduna State is a dangerous place to travel through and not safe, particularly for Christian leaders.”

CAN Reacts As Abducted Priest Is Found Dead In Kaduna

Meanwhile, the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, in a statement issued by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo, the Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, confirmed the murder of Very Rev. Fr. John Mark Cheitnum.

The statement announced that Rev. Fr. Donatus Cleophas, who was also kidnapped by the terrorists, escaped from their abductors.

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The statement explained, “Sequel to the announcement of the two kidnapped priests from our diocese, we wish to announce that Rev. Fr. Donatus Cleophas escaped from his abductors and has reunited with us.”

It added, “However, it is with a deep sense of sorrow and pains that the bishop, clergy, religious and laity of the Diocese of Kafanchan announced the gruesome murder of Very Rev. Fr. John Mark Cheitnum.”

CAN Reacts As Abducted Priest Is Found Dead In Kaduna

According to the statement titled, “Re: Kidnapped priests of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan”, the statement further explained that his corpse was later discovered decomposing on Tuesday, July 15, 2022.

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It explained that until his demise, he was the CAN Chairman, Jama’a LGA as well as the Coordinating Chairman of CAN, Southern Kaduna, stressing that Rev. Fr. John Mark Cheitnum was the Dean of Kwoi Deanery, Director of Communications in the Diocese of Kafanchan and the Pastor of St. James Parish Fori, Jama’a local government area of Kaduna State.

The Diocese has, however, declared two-day mourning for the peaceful repose of his soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.


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