Crime

IGP orders arrest of Catholic priest killers

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the Imo state Commissioner of police, Chris Ezike, to arrest the killers of Rev Fr Cyriacus  Onunkwo of the Orlu Catholic diocese.

Onunkwo, who returned to organise the funeral rites of his father, Celestine Onunkwo, who died last weekend, was kidnapped on Friday at Amaifeke in Orlu town.

His corpse was found the next day (Saturday) at Omumma, in the Oru East Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking separately on Monday during visits to the archbishop of Owerri Catholic archbishop, AJV Obinna and the Bishop of Orlu Catholic diocese, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma, the CP said that the IGP was saddened by the development and had therefore ordered his command and the IGP Technical Intelligence Unit to partner in apprehending the perpetrators.

Ezike said, “The Inspector General of police is pained by this said development. He has therefore asked the Technical Intelligence Unit to assist the  command in bringing the culprits to book.

“A post mortem on the corpse is most desirable because there was no machete cuts on his body , the crime is very unusual. His car was not taken. I have asked my men to bring every hypothesis on the table.”

The CP called on the members of the public to partner with the police in making sure that those who killed the cleric did not escape justice.

He said, “I call on the members of the public to assist the police in unravelling the circumstances behind the kidnap and death of the priest who was returning to bury his father.

The Inspector General of police is worried and we in IMO State are equally worried. We have swung into action. We are not relenting. God’s willing we will bring the killers to justice. “

Archbishop Obinna who described the development as emotionally devastating, regretted that youths have made crime an occupation.

Bishop Ukwuoma said, “We are devastated because it is a brutal murder. We will cooperate with the police in their investigation. The Catholic Church is pained because Rev Fr Cyriacus Onunkwo was a loyal priest.”

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