AFRICA/NIGERIA - Found dead body of a priest kidnapped a week ago; the bishop denounces the lack of interest on behalf of the police

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - Reverend Father Clement Rapuluchukwu Ugwu, the Catholic Priest of St. Mark Catholic Church, Obinofia Ndiuno in Ezeagu Local Government Area (LGA) of Enugu State was found dead yesterday, March, 20. He was reportedly abducted on March 13, 2019, in his parish. It was gathered that the gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, had shot him before they took him away.
His Exc. Mgr. Callistus Onaga, Bishop of Enugu, decried the spate of violent killings around the country, advising that Christians should intensify their prayers for the survival of the Country.
Mgr. Onaga regretted that security agencies could not rescue Fr. Ugwu despite their assurances that they were closing on the kidnappers, while the abductors were making withdrawals from his account through his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card.
"We reported it to the police and since then I have visited police station three times, yet they kept telling me ‘we are closing in on the kidnappers’. I doubt they were doing anything because where the deceased body of Father Ugwu was found is not up to 20 kilometres from his house", denounced Mgr. Onaga. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 21/3/2019)