The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo, The Most Rev. Charles Hammawa on Thursday condemned the killing of Rev Fr David Tanko of St. Peter’s Catholic Parish Amadu in Takum Local Government Council of Taraba by yet to be identified gunmen.
Hammawa in a telephone interview with with the Newsmen, described the brutal killing of the priest as shocking.
He said Fr Tanko was killed between Kasuan Haske and Tortsee on his way to Amadu from Takum.
“We received the news of his death with shock and great sadness, the diocese is mourning.
“We have been preaching peace and making efforts to bring both parties in the crisis in the area to round table discussion.
“For a priest who has been preaching peace to be killed in this most gruesome manner is pathetic, to say the least, a priest belongs to all.
“For now, we are not pointing accusing finger on any group for being responsible.
“The Police authority in the state have promised me that they are investigating the case, we pray that the perpetrators be brought to justice.
“Our basic concern now is to give him a befitting burial. We don’t want any group to go on reprisal. Going on reprisal will only worsen the situation,” he said.
Hammawa announced that wake in honour of the priest will hold on Monday, Sept 2, 2019 while burial will take place on Tuesday at the Diocesean cemetery in Jalingo.