Report has it that gunmen have killed the an Anglican priest who is in-charge of St Andrew’s Anglican church, Ihitte-Ukwa in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State.
Late Rev. Emeka Merenu, was serving under the Anglican Diocese of Orlu, and was killed in his personage on Tuesday morning, September 14, by assailants suspected to be members of the ESN/IPOB.
Infoxclusive also gathered that the priest is a native of Amaorji in Nkwerre in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo state and was butchered following the allegation that he brought in Nigerian soldiers to secure the church and school under his supervision.
According to one of his church member who spoke to Punch in confidence, revealed that the Killers stormed the church premises and killed the priest and also set his vehicle ablaze.
“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.”
Asked what could be the reason for the murder, 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.”
A close source who is a senior member of the church in Orlu Anglican diocese who plead anonymity confirmed the incident to newsmen, saying that the diocese has been thrown into mourning.
Micheal Abattam, the State Police Command, spokesman confirmed the murder saying that investigation had commenced with the intention to arresting the suspects.