Suspected Killers Of Catholic Priest Arrested

The police in Enugu have made some major headway in the investigation of the deaths of some catholic priests in the state. They have arrested suspected killers of Rev Paul Offu and Clement Ugwu, and interestingly another priest in the Enugu Catholic Diocese escaped assassination last week.

While Mr Offu was killed by suspected herders in Awgu Local Government Area, on August 1 2019, Mr Ugwu, a parish priest of St. Mark Catholic Church, in Ezeagu Local Government Area was kidnapped and later killed on March 14.

The Police Commissioner, Suleiman Balarabe, paraded the suspects alongside suspected kidnappers of the traditional ruler of Obom-Agbogugu, Sunday Orji and his wife, who were kidnapped on Sunday August 3, along Enugu-Port-Harcourt Expressway. As he revealed that the command has put measures in place to protect Catholic priests from such re occurrences.

According to the CP, Ibrahim Adamu and Idris Tobe were arrested as suspected killers of Mr Offu while three other suspects are yet to be apprehended. He also said one Idris Umaru was arrested for the kidnap and murder of the secretary of Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, who was killed in March. While he revealed that Garba Basulugu, Mohammed Lagu and Mojunpan Duna were arrested for the kidnap of Mr Orji and his wife.

Ibrahim Adamu, one of the arrested suspects confessed that he came to Enugu “to learn the skill of cow rearing but later joined a gang.” He also said the other suspect, Idris, supplies the gang with foodstuff.

In other news, another priest, Chimezie Ani, luckily escaped being killed last week, along Ugwuomu road after Caritas University. He ran into gunmen who were chasing another vehicle, they opened fire on his vehicle, as he reversed all the way back to a safe distance from the robbers.  Rev Ani’s vehicle was riddled with bullets and his windscreen was shattered as well, while he remained grateful to God for his mercy and protection.

“The attack happened after Caritas University towards Ugwuomu. I ran into them firing at the SUV in my opposite direction but miraculously I drove on my reverse for a very long distance before turning,” he said

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