Bandits have slaughtered the priest-in-charge of St Andrew’s Anglican church, Ihitte-Ukwa in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State.
The priest, Rev. Emeka Merenu, was serving under the Anglican Diocese of Orlu, when he was brutally murdered in his personage on Tuesday morning, September 14.
A native of Amaorji in Nkwerre in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state, the priest was killed allegedly because he brought in soldiers to secure the church and school under his custody.
A member of the church, told the media that the attackers stormed the church premises and butchered the priest while his vehicle was torched by the hoodlums set before they fled the place.
“The priest in charge of St Andrew’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.
“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.”
State Police Command spokesperson, Michael Abattam, confirmed the murder saying that investigation had commenced with the aim to apprehend the suspects.