Nigeria: 39 Catholic monks killed, 30 kidnapped in 2022 – Report

As many as 39 Catholic monks have been killed by gunmen in 2022, whilst 30 others have been kidnapped.

A report by SB Morgen Intelligence, SBM, which revealed this yesterday, additionally stated that 145 assaults in opposition to Catholic monks have been recorded in the course of the yr below evaluate.

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SBM Intelligence, a lookup group, compiles and analyzes statistics on activities inside the state.

According to the report, the center-north was the foremost affected with 12 killings, whilst the north-west recorded 9 deaths.

Likewise, he stated the southeast and south-south recorded 5 deaths every, whilst the northeast and northwest recorded 4 deaths every.

The report stated of the assaults, 28 have been perpetrated by kidnappers, three by herders, two by Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, two by Boko Haram and one by bandits and mob violence.

For instance, in June 2022, Christopher Onotu, a Catholic priest, was kidnapped by gunmen in Obangede, Okehi LGA of Kogi State.

The gunmen allegedly broke into the priest’s rectory on a Saturday night earlier than taking him away as they left the congregation to locate out in regards to the priest’s abduction on Sunday morning as they went to attend morning mass.

In November 2022, a Catholic priest, recognized as “Father Kunat” was additionally kidnapped in Kaduna metropolis following an invasion of his residence.

A month later, gunmen kidnapped Mark Ojotu, a Catholic priest from Otukpo diocese in Benue state.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in its reactions to the kidnapping and homicide of the monks, expressed concern over the wave of assaults on Christian clerics inside the state.

The affiliation described the state as a “killing field” and referred to as on its members to undertake self-defense in opposition to future assaults.

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“The continued killings, as nicely as kidnappings, of Christian clerics in Nigeria is alarming. This ought to be stopped in any respect fees.

“Nigeria is turning into a killing area the place Christian clerics and its members are slaughtered like fowl.

“The Christian community must rise up and come together to put an end to this insult. It must take up arms and defend itself legitimately,” CAN stated.

The SBM study: “2022 has been a horrible yr for the clergy. No member of this group has suffered greater than Catholic monks, who at one factor suffered near-daily kidnappings with ransom needs set on common at N50 million per priest.

“While there were fairly real fears that these kidnappings were a targeted persecution of the Christian faith, the financial imperative of a holy rapture somewhat overshadowed those concerns.”

In addition to the murders of Catholic monks in 2022, the improvement continued inside the new yr, when terrorists on January 15 killed Isaac Achi, a priest of the Catholic Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Kafin-Koro, Paikoro LGA of Niger State.

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