Gunmen Kill Imo Anglican Priest at Parsonage; Burn Car

An Anglican priest in Imo State has been murdered by gunmen. Rev. Emeka Merenu was killed on Tuesday, September 13, 2021. According to The PUNCH, the deceased was the priest-in-charge of St Andrew’s Anglican church, Ihitte-Ukwa in the Orsu Local Government Area of the state.

The priest is a native of Amaorji in Nkwerre in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state. While speaking on the sad incident, a member of the church revealed that the murderers burst into the church building and machete the priest.

In addition, the car of the priest was damaged and burned before the hoodlums ran away.

A source told The PUNCH saying, “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 source suspected that the reason for the priest being killed was that he gave security protection to students writing this year’s WASSCE.

“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,” the source said.

A senior member of the church in Orlu Anglican diocese has confirmed the incident. He said that the diocese had been in a state of mourning.

The police spokesperson in Imo State, Micheal Abattam, confirmed the murder incident. He also said that investigation had begun and the suspects would be arrested soon.

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