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Nigeria: Church in ‘great shock’ as gunman kills priest

Rev. Charles Onomhoale Igechi, who served as the vice principal of St. Michael College in Ikhueniro, Nigeria, was fatally shot while driving through Benin, Edo. The news of his untimely death sent shockwaves through the Christian community. The local police authorities are currently conducting an investigation into the murder and efforts are underway to identify the gunmen responsible for the act. Ignechi, who had been appointed as a priest less than a year ago, tragically fell victim to a pattern of anti-Christian violence and persecution in Nigeria. The news of the killing was conveyed in a statement issued by Archbishop Augustine Akubeze of the Archdiocese of Benin.

Faithwire reports:

A Catholic priest in Nigeria was fatally shot June 7, sending shockwaves throughout his Christian community.

The Rev. Charles Onomhoale Igechi, vice principal of St. Michael College, Ikhueniro, was slaughtered while driving through Benin, Edo in Nigeria, Morning Star News reported.

The tragic killing was announced in a statement by the Rev. Augustine Akubeze, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Benin.

“With great shock we received the news this morning that he was shot on his way back to his place of assignment, on the 7th of June, 2023, and his remains were found by Boundary Street in Ikpoba Hill, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, Edo state,” Akubeze said, according to Morning Star News. “He was killed by gunmen, as they riddled his body with bullets after they shot him on the back.”

He continued, “We pray that the perpetrators of this evil act will be brought to face the wrath of justice.”

Police are reportedly investigating the murder, and the gunmen responsible have not yet been identified.

Ignechi had reportedly been installed as a priest less than one year ago on Aug. 13, 2022. His tragic slaughter is part of an ongoing pattern of anti-Christian murder and persecution in Nigeria.

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