“There were negotiations and efforts for his release but no news as to what has happened to him,” Shawuya said.

In an interview with ACI Africa shortly after the kidnapping, a priest who asked to remain anonymous provided details of the incident.

“Father Joseph Akete was abducted with his younger brother who visited him. The kidnapping happened around 1:30 a.m. Sadly, his security guard was killed,” the priest said in the March 8 interview.

In his May 11 statement, the chancellor of the Kaduna archdiocese conveyed the “deepest sympathies” of Archbishop Matthew Man-oso Ndagoso to Bako’s family.

The funeral arrangements will be announced “as soon as they are ready,” Father Okewu said.

He added: “Kindly continue to pray for his peaceful repose, and for the consolation of the bereaved Christian community in the Archdiocese of Kaduna.”

Source: catholicnewsagency