Catholic priest in charge of St Patrick’s Parish in Amucha, Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, Reverend Fr. Jude Egbuom and an unidentified man were allegedly killed by robbers while returning from a barber’s salon on Monday, 10th September, 2018.
Punch reports that the Clergy alongside the other victim were in the car when the criminals ambushed them on Anara -Nkwerre road, Nkwerre town.
An eye witness account states that the priest resisted giving the car keys to his killers, which angered the robbers who shot him and the other victim.
A native of Nkwerre told Punch that, “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. ”
Police spokesperson, Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the killings, adding that the police commissioner, Dasuki Galadanchi, had deployed the tactical unit to the area.
Enwerem said “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.”
The late priest hailed from Umuwala, a village in Nkwerre Community.
By: Anne Bassey