Unknown Gunmen suspected to be Eastern Security Network (ESN)/ Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) have killed the priest- in charge of St Andrew’s Anglican Church, White- Ukwa in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The priest who is identified as Rev. Emeka Merenu until his death was serving under the Anglican Diocese of Orlu in Imo State. The report has it that the priest butchered to death inside the church building in his parsonage (the residential building provided for clergymen) on Tuesday morning September 14.
According to a report credited to Punch, the priest who is a native of Amaorji in Nkwerre in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state, was butchered on the unfounded allegation that he brought in soldiers to secure the church and school under his supervision for the Junior Waec Students that wrote English paper on Wednesday.
One member of the church who spoke to a reporter of Punch in confidence disclosed that the attackers stormed the church premises and butchered the priest at the early hours of Tuesday morning because he allowed soldiers and security men into the community to protect students to write the exam.
He also said the priest’s vehicle was also burnt to ashes to the surprise of everyone around in the village before they left.
” The priest in charge of St Andrew’s Anglican Church in White- 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, ” the member said.
When he was asked what could be the reason for the murder of the revered priest, 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 students of the school who were writing this year’s WASSCE for Senior Secondary schools. ”
Police said the investigation into the murder of the priest by the suspected ESN/IPOB members is ongoing. The spokesperson of the State Police Command, Micheal Abattam, confirmed this to the press.