Monday, 4 September 2017

How Catholic priest was kidnapped, murdered in Imo

Palpable fear has gripped Imo indigenes, following the increasing level of criminality in the state.

The latest victim is a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo, who was September 1, 2017, abducted and killed in cold blood.

In the evening of the same day, about 7pm, the newly ordained younger brother of Rev. Fr. Jude Udokwu, was somewhere close to Mbara Okporo with his friend, when some gunmen suspected to be kidnappers attacked them.

Although the priest escaped by the whiskers, it was, however, gathered that his car was riddled with bullets.

It was also gathered that the same armed group struck shortly after at Nkwoito. It was at this point that Fr. Onunkwo was kidnapped.

An eye-witness account at the scene of the incident said

the kidnap victim looked very much like a priest,”

but could not at the time, properly identify who he was.

When the police, who were working with Rev. Fr. Christopher Ihenetu came to the scene, they saw the abandoned Toyota Corolla car, searched it and found an envelope with Fr. Onunkwo’s name on it.

With this recovery, Fr. Ihenetu started making enquiries and later discovered through the help of Fr. Udem and Fr. Ukoha that Fr. Onunkwo actually came home to arrange for his father’s burial and was staying at Fr. Udem’s place.

It was further discovered that the Toyota Corolla car abandoned at the scene of the crime belonged to Fr. Onunkwo.

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