Gunmen on Monday night in Nkwerre in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State killed a Catholic priest and made away with his vehicle.
A yet to be identified young man, who was travelling with the cleric in his vehicle, was also murdered.
A native of the community told the Punch Tuesday morning that the priest, identified as Rev Fr. Jude Egbuom, was until his death in charge of St Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Amucha, in the Njaba LGA of the state.
The priest hailed from Umuwala, a village in Nkwerre Community and was reportedly attacked around 8pm when he went to a barber’s shop on Anara-Nkwerre Road in Nkwerre town.
According to to the native, the priest resisted giving the car keys to his killers, which angered them.
He said, “The circumstances surrounding the killing of the priest indicated that it was a case of armed robbery.
“It could not have been a case of assassination, who did the gentle priest offend? He was from our community, Nkwerre and was doing his missionary work at Njaba, a nearby LGA. ”
The Imo State police spokesperson, Andrew Enwerem, has confirmed the killings, disclosing that the police commissioner, Dasuki Galadanchi, had deployed the Tactical Unit of the command in the area.
“The incident is confirmed. Rev Fr.Jude Egbuom of St Patrick’s Catholic parish Amucha was murdered last night.
“Another person whose identity had yet to be known was also killed by the hoodlums. The priest was in his priestly regalia when they shot him dead,” Mr Enwerem said.