A Roman Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Jude Egbuom, Priest-in-charge of St Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Amucha, in the Njaba LGA of Imo State, was on Monday night, murdered by unidentified gunmen who made away with his vehicle.
The gunmen equally murdered a young man whose identity could not be ascertained immediately and was reported to be with the slain Priest in his vehicle when the criminals struck.
According to Punch, an anonymous native of the community confirmed that the Priest was attacked around 8pm when he went to a barber’s shop on Anara-Nkwerre road, in Nkwerre town.
He reportedly resisted surrendering the car keys to his killers when asked, an act which angered them.
The Cleric was immediately shot together with the other victim in his vehicle,while the criminals fled.
The native further said, “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”.
When contacted, the Police spokesperson, Imo State Command, Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the killings and said that the Police Commissioner, Dasuki Galadanchi, had deployed the Tactical Unit of the command to the area.
He said, “The incident is confirmed. Rev Fr. Jude Egbuom of St Patrick’s Catholic Parish Amucha was murdered last night (Monday).
“Another person whose identity had yet to be known was also killed by the hoodlums. The Priest was cladded in his cassock when they shot him dead”.
Fr Egbuom hailed from Umuwala, a village in Nkwerre Community, Nkwerre Local Govt Area of the state.