Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, who was abducted from his home in Ikabigbo, Etsako West Local Government Area, Edo State, on Sunday morning, has been murdered.
The priest’s residence was invaded by armed men as he prepared for mass.
Odia was a priest at St. Michael Church in Ikabigbo until his death.
Fr. Peter Egielewa, Director of Social Communications, confirmed his passing.
According to the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Odia is 41 years old.
]”With heavy hearts but total submission to the will of God, we announce the death of our priest Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, who was killed by his abductors after being kidnapped this morning, June 26, 2022, at approximately 6:30 a.m. in his rectory as he was leaving to attend Sunday Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church Ikabigbo, Uzairue, Edo State.”
Fr. Odia was the Administrator of St. Michael Catholic Church in Ikabigbo and the Principal of St. Philip Catholic Secondary School in Jatu until his passing.