NIGERIA – CAN Mourns Slain Catholic Priest, Baptist Pastor

This Day Live | Aug. 22, 2018

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Wednesday mourned a Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr Michael Akawu of Abuja Archdiocese, and Rev. Hosea Akuchi of Nigerian Baptist Convention in Rigassa, Kaduna State who were killed by unknown gunmen.

Akawu was the first Abuja indigenous Catholic priest and was ordained last year and posted as Assistant Parish Priest to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Parish, Dobi, Gwagwalada Area Council.

According to CAN President, Rev. Supo Ayokunle, “the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) commiserates with the leaderships of the Roman Catholic Church and the Nigerian Baptist Convention over the demise of two of their clerics who were killed by some unknown gunmen in Abuja and Kaduna State.

“The late Priest, Rev. Fr Michael Akawu, who was reportedly shot dead by yet to be identified gunmen in Gwagwalada, Abuja, while shopping Saturday evening.

“Few hours later, on Sunday, 21st August, 2018, at about 1.00am, according to informed sources, some hoodlums suspected to be Fulani terrorists attacked Nasara Baptist Church in Guguwa near Rigasa in Kaduna shot Rev. Hosea Akuchi dead and took away his wife Talatu Akuchi. Her whereabouts remain unknown and the criminals have demanded for the sum of N5m (Five Million Naira) for her release.”

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