The Catholic Diocese of Orlu, is in the news yet again, however for the wrong reason. One of its Pastors, Rev. Fr. Jude Chidi Egbom, was terribly murdered by prepared crooks. This happened when the Local Ordinary, Most Rev. Augustine Tochukwu Ukwuoma, was setting off to a social occasion of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, in far away Sokoto State.
The hopeless thing is that there had been past shrewd executing of Pastors of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu. The most recent was that of Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo, who got back home from his base, to cover his father burial. Disastrously, the Priest was butchered, even before he finished the way toward arranging his father’s entombment. The Diocese mourned as father and son were murdered.
The consistently grinning, hole toothed Fr. Egbom was until his unfavorable demise, the Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Amucha in Njaba Local Council Area of Imo State. Amucha is the hereditary homeward of the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, and a yelling separation far from Nkwerre, the home of a network of such a significant number of notables in the state.
As the news of Fr. Egbom’s demise spread like fierce blaze, so likewise were the renditions weaved around his passing. One of the stories had it that the cleric was headed back to his area when he kept running into furnished criminals, who were working at the time, and the punks drew hot lead toward him. This quieted him on the spot. Another story encompassing his passing was depended on what another gathering named “unadulterated death.” A clearly exceptionally furious cleric, who addressed South-East Voice on phone keep going Saturday, on the issue, faulted his demise for “conceivable procured professional killers.”
In spite of the fact that the cleric neither specified any name or connected the charged death on his lectures, he, in any case, communicated genuine torment over the loss of another sibling minister to trigger-glad hoodlums working in IMO. “Nigeria has a method for dealing with its examinations. We have been informed that regarding two people have been captured regarding the murder of the cleric.
Did the seized suspects do the organizing and execution alone? Do they have underpins? If for sure, who are they? Will they be perceived, gotten, swaggered like these ones and charged? The request requesting answers are various and vacillated”, the priest said.
Diverse sellers of this demise edge of the story, favored interfacing the minister’s murder to the attested strong position he held previously, against a bit of the exercise and methodologies of the organization of the day. In show disdain toward everything considered, South-East Voice couldn’t avow this from any parishioner or clergyman, before going to press. The third frame is that the late Fr. Egbom was said to have made a beeline for his hairstyling salon’s at the notable Amaokpara Junction by Amaigbo Road in Nkwerre, to have a hairdo.
It was moreover said that after the hairdo and comparatively as he was tied in with entering his auto, a dark shooter from no place created, gave him a couple of times on the chest and vanished.
This third frame, has every one of the reserves of being what the Imo State Police Command places stock in, especially as it was moreover portrayed in a substitute composition, by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Dasuki Galadanchi, when he walked the two related killers with the Catholic pastor at the State Police Headquarters, Owerri.
His words: “On September 10, 2018, the Command got the report of the thievery and executing of Rev. Fr. Jude Egbom, the Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Amucha, Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State.
“The hoodlums assaulted a spiking salon at Umuka Nkwerre and asked for the keys of one Toyota Avalon and Camry automobiles, halted before the pointing salon and at the same time, shot sporadically, executing the Rev. Priest and hurting another setback. “In a snappy reaction by specialists of the Federal SARS, Imo Command, two presumes related with the wicked showing were caught.
They are Chigozie Uzoukwu, male, developed 33 and a neighborhood of Umusieke, Owerri Nkworji, Nkwerre Local Government Area and Peter Boniface Ochokwu, male, developed 21, and from Umuibu, Owerri Nkworji, Nkwerre Local Government Area.
“They are people from the force that have been undermining Nkwerre Local Government Area and its environs starting late. “The Reverend Father’s vehicle and the vehicle used by the culprits have been recovered from the suspects. Distinctive people from the pack, who are on the run, are being pursued by the gathering of analysts,” the CP portrayed. Continuing with, Mr. Galadanchi isolated the recovered presentations to fuse one dim Toyota Corolla with enlistment number, FKJ 984 EV, used by the criminals for the assignment, and one Toyota Avalon auto with enrollment number RLU 369 AE, having a place with the executed minister.
“The police in like manner recovered one secretly made shotgun from Kelechi Nnajiuba, two voyaging sacks containing shoes, pieces of clothing and different effects, suspected to have a place with the murdered Rev. Father, and furthermore 46 Permanent Voter’s Cards, recovered from Chigozie Uzoukwu,” the CP said.
The seeming, by all accounts, to be beginning riddle behind the characters of the executioners may have been unraveled, paying little respect to whether quickly until further notice, yet the focal issues requesting answers remain: Why are these hapless, unprotected pastors chopped down openly? Who will stop the periodic executing of priests in Orlu Catholic Diocese? Is correct currently case minor shot or would it say it was organized?