Unic Press UK: A large number of Catholic Priests of the Enugu Diocese besieged the Enugu State government house on Friday, protesting the gruesome murder Thursday of a Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, by suspected Fulani herders.
Fr. Offu was the parish priest of St James the Great Parish in Ugbawka, Enugu State until he was killed by armed men along Ihe-Agbudu Road, near Ihe/Agbudu towns in Enugu State.
The Catholic Priests’ march to government house to meet the state governor, His Excellency Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, brings to the front burner the widespread deplorable state of security in Enugu state, and Nigeria in general.
In a press release Friday, the Public Relations officer of the Nigerian Police Force, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba said:
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,mni has ordered massive manhunt for the killers of Rev. Father Paul Offu, a Catholic Priest in charge of St. James the Greater Parish Catholic Church Ugbawka in Enugu state. Consequently, crack detectives from the IGP-Intelligence Response Unit (IRT), the Forensic and Homicide sections of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) have been deployed to Enugu State to complement the Command in their investigations into the unfortunate incident… The IGP, while condemning the killing of the Catholic priest and the abduction of the clergymen, calls for calm and assures that the perpetrators will not go unpunished. He therefore enjoins the public to avail the Police with credible information that will assist in apprehending the criminals.”