Bandits have killed Reverend father Alphonsus Bello of St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, located in Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Father Bello was killed when armed bandits attacked the church on Thursday night, abducting another priest, Reverend Father Joe Keke.
According to an eye witness the bandits invaded the church compound around 11: 00 pm and dashed to the residences of the two priests situated inside the church compound.
It is understood that the deceased Fr. Bello initially resisted attempts by the gunmen to abduct him before he succumbed.
His lifeless body was later found inside a farmland behind the Catechetical Training School Malumfashi in the early hours of Friday.
The Police spokesman in Katsina, SP Gambo Isah confirmed the incident, saying two suspects have been arrested in connection to the crime.
He revealed that when policemen found the corpse of Fr. Bello, there were no signs of gunshots on him.