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Just In: Abducted Catholic Priest, Father Osia Is Dead

Just In: Abducted Catholic Priest, Father Osia Is Dead

A Catholic priest Father Christopher Osia who was abducted on Sunday morning on his way to mass in the Ikabigbo community, Etsako West local government of Edo State has been killed.

The news of his death was confirmed by Fr. Peter Egielewa, Director of Social Communications Catholic Diocese of Auchi, who said Odia was 41 years old.

“With heavy hearts but with total submission to the will of God, we announce the death of our priest Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, who was killed by his abductors after being kidnapped this morning 26th June 2022 at about 6.30am in his rectory while coming out to go for Sunday Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church Ikabigbo, Uzairue, Edo State,” he said.

Naija News earlier reported that the gunmen shot one of the boys in the community while searching for the cleric.

A source who spoke with Daily Trust said the victim was rushed to a hospital at Auchi but referred to Irrua specialist hospital for treatment.

The traditional rulers of the community, Bramah Alegeh, while confirming the development earlier in the day said efforts are ongoing to get the priest released.

According to Alegeh, security agencies and vigilantes are combing the bush to ensure his release.

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