AFRICA/NIGERIA - Claretian Missionary priest killed in road ambush

Monday, 17 August 2015

Abuja (Agenzia Fides)- A Claretian father in Nigeria has been killed. Fr Dennis Osuagwu was murdered in Nekede on 15 August, according to news sent to Fides by the General House of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, known as the Claretians after founder St Anthony Claret.
“At the moment we have no further information regarding the circumstances of our brother’s death” the general house told Fides.
According to the Nigerian press, Fr. Osuagwu was ambushed and killed while travelling on the Nekede Avu Road. The Claretian Missionary who was serving in the archdiocese of Owerri, in southern Nigeria, was also on the staff of Imo Polytechnic School, in Enwerem. Reportedly the local police are considering some sort of internal dispute at the School as possible motivation for Fr. Osuagwu’s brutal murder. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 17/8/2015)