Gunmen have killed the priest-in-charge of St Andrew’s Anglican church, Ihitte-Ukwa in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State.
The priest identified as Rev. Emeka Merenu, serving under the Anglican Diocese of Orlu, was butchered to death in his personage on Tuesday morning, September 14, by assailants suspected to be members of the ESN/IPOB.
It was gathered that the priest, a native of Amaorji in Nkwerre in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state, was killed on the unfounded allegation that he brought in soldiers to secure the church and school under his supervision.
A member of the church, who spoke to Punch in confidence, disclosed that the attackers stormed the church premises and butchered the priest.
The hoodlums set fire to his vehicle before fleeing after setting it ablaze.
St Andrew’s Anglican Church priest was murdered this morning in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State. His attackers stormed the church compound where he lived, butchered him, and burned his car before escaping.”
When asked what may have caused the murder, the source replied, “The church has a school on the premises.”. It is likely that the slain priest’s attackers were angry that he was providing security for the students of the school taking this year’s WASSCE.
A member of the Orlu Anglican diocese who preferred to remain anonymous confirmed the incident to Punch, saying that the diocese was in mourning.
The State Police Command spokesperson, Micheal Abattam, confirmed the murder and said an investigation has been launched with the intention of arresting the suspects.