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Gunmen kill Imo Anglican priest at parsonage



On Tuesday, murdered an Anglican priest, Rev Emeka Merenu, in Imo State.

It was gathered that the victim, until his death, was the priest-in-charge of St ’s Anglican church, Ihitte-Ukwa in the Orsu Local Government Area of the state.

The priest, a native of Amaorji in Nkwerre in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state, was killed in the early hours of Tuesday, our correspondent learned.

Gunmen kill Imo Anglican priest at parsonage

Gunmen kill Imo Anglican priest at parsonage

A member of the church, who spoke to our correspondent in confidence, disclosed that the attackers stormed the church premises and butchered the priest.

His was not spared, as the set it ablaze before fleeing thereafter.

A source said, “The priest in charge of St ’s Anglican Church in Ihitte-Ukwa in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State was killed this morning.

“His attackers stormed the church compound where he lived, butchered him and burnt his car before running away.”

Asked what could be the reason for the murder, the source said, “The church has a school on the premises. His attackers might have been angry that the slain priest was giving security protection to the of the school who were writing this year’s WASSCE for Senior Secondary schools.”

A senior member of the church in the Orlu Anglican diocese who preferred to be confirmed the incident to our correspondent.

He told our correspondent that the diocese had been thrown into a morning mood.

When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Micheal Abattam, confirmed the murder incident and added that investigation had commenced with the intention of arresting the suspects.


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