Orlu, Nigeria Sept. 3rd. The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike has confirmed the reported abduct and murder of a Roman Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo who reportedly returned from Rome to bury his late father. Mr. Chris Ezike also said the priest’s corpse has been recovered.
“The matter was properly reported to the police and we went into action. Less than 24 hours after, the Orsu Divisional Police Officer, DPO, reported the discovery of an abandoned corpse in its area of jurisdiction”, Ezike said.
According to the Imo police boss, priests of Orlu Catholic Diocese were called in immediately and they identified the corpse as their priest.
“Although we are working on all leads over the matter. For now, it is a clear case of abduction and murder. If it was a case of abducting, his captives would have put a call across to anybody close their victim and made a demand”,Ezike said.
Answering a question, the CP said that “although nobody has been arrested in connection with the crime, we are investigating it”.
Photo: Late Reverend Father Cyriacus Onunkwo while in Rome
Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo, a Catholic priest was abducted on Friday morning from his vehicle in the town of Orlu, in the state of Imo, located in the southeast of the country. His body was discovered the next day in the neighboring village of Omuma. The police also found the priest’s car, and said nothing had been taken, and so far, no arrests have been made.
Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo is the second Catholic priest to be murdered in Nigeria this summer. In July, Father Raphael Pankyes was killed by three men in Plateau State, located in the center of the country.