Catholic Church debunks attack on Reverend Kukah resident and suspends Masses

The Catholic Diocese of Sokoto Nigeria has denied rumors of an attack on the residence of Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah

The church in a statement signed by the Rev. Christopher Omotosho, director of the Social Communications Directorate, also hinted that all masses in the Sokoto metropolis have been suspended until the curfew is lifted.

Omotosho explained that during the protest adult-led youth groups in the background
attacked the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral in Bello Way, destroying stained glass windows in the church, those in Bishop Lawton’s secretariat and vandalizing a community bus parked on the premises. St. Kevin’s Catholic Church, Gidan Dere, Eastern Bypass, was also attacked and partly burned; the windows of the new hospital complex under construction, in the same premises were shattered.

“They were quickly dispersed by a mobile police team before they could cause any further damage. The thugs also attacked the Bakhita center located along Aliyu Jodi road and set fire to a bus in the premises.

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Archbishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has commended Sokoto State Governor, HE Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal for acting swiftly in declaring the 24-hour curfew to stem the protests.

He also commended the security forces for quickly seizing the opportunity to prevent further damage to our facilities.

In all, no lives were lost

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