Abducted Kaduna Catholic Priest who Died In Captivity Given Symbolic Burial


Muhammad Sabiu, Kaduna

REV Father Joseph Bako Aketeh, who was abducted in Kudenda area of Kaduna metropolis by terrorists and later killed, has been given a symbolic burial at the St John’s Catholic Church Kudenda.

The symbolic burial was conducted on Wednesday.

Performing the funeral rites, Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, said during the funeral that they hoped one day they would be able to see his bones.

Man-Oso Ndagoso also remarked the strangeness of performing a burial of a member without its remains.

“This is the first time I am presiding over a funeral mass without the corpse.

“We hope that one day we would be able to see even if it is his bones.

“Nigerians are worn out due to weeping; our eyes could no longer produce tears.

“Bandits are terrorising with impunity. Does our government really care about our pains? Something is happening, they have failed us.

“Nigeria is a country where citizens are treated unequally because of religion and ethnicity.

“Vices have become a value in our country. Government should use Nigeria’s resources to recruit young men who are willing to fight insecurity in order to defend the country,” he lamented.

Family, friends and church members gave who gave testimonies of the life and times of the slain priest however lamented over the way and manner he was killed.

Stonix News recalled that the deceased was abducted on March 8th, 2022 and later killed while still in captivity.

He was kidnapped at his residence at St John’s Catholic Church Kudenda where he was serving as a parish priest, as well as his brother, Sunday Bako, who was also murdered.

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