Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has vowed to apprehend the perpetrators of the murder of the Parish Priest of St. James, The Greater, Ugbawka in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu.
In the wake of the gruelsome killing of the Priest, Gov. Ugwuanyi summoned an emergency security meeting at the Government House, Enugu, which was attended by all the security agencies in the state, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion), representative of the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rev. Fr. Dr. Nnamdi Nwankwo, among others.
The priest, according to reports, was shot dead along Ihe-Agbudu Road in Awgu Local Government Area by yet to be identified hoodlums.
Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, State Commissioner of Police, Suleiman Balarabe, stated that they “condemned in totality the dastardly act and we all prayed that his soul rest in peace”, adding that the governor mandated the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous act.
The police commissioner added that the meeting resolved that the security architecture of the affected areas will be reviewed with immediate effect.
In his remark, Archbishop Chukwuma, condoled with the Catholic Church over the sad incident and appealed to the Inspector General of Police to increase the number of policemen in the state, saying “they are inadequate”.
He commended the Governor not only for his prompt reaction to the killing of the clergyman, but also actions taken to ensure the state is safe.
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