A Catholic priest serving in the Diocese of Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria – Reverend Father Christopher Odia – was killed by kidnappers on Sunday.
The tragic news was announced in a statement signed by Fr. Peter Egielewa, the Director of Social Communications of the Diocese.
“With heavy hearts but with total submission to the will of God, we announce the death of our priest, Reverend Fr. Christopher Odia, who was killed by his abductors after being kidnapped this morning, 26 June 2022, at about 6.30 am in his rectory.”
The statement noted that the priest was abducted while going for Sunday Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church, Ikabigbo, Uzairue, Edo State.
Fr. Odia was the Administrator of St. Michael Catholic Church, Ikabigbo, Etsako West Local Government Area, and also the Principal of St. Philip Catholic Secondary School, Jattu.
He was aged 41 and was ordained a priest in 2012.
Gunmen who were suspected to be terrorists have killed another priest, Fr. Vitus Borogo, in Kaduna State.
The tragic incident reportedly happened on Saturday at Prison Farm, Kujana, along the Kaduna-kachia road in Chikun Local Government Area.
Until his murder, Fr. Borogo, aged 50, was the chaplain of the Catholic community of the Kaduna State Polytechnic, and the Chairman of the Nigerian Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCPDA), Kaduna state chapter.
A statement by Fr. Christian Emmanuel, Chancellor of the Kaduna diocese, said: “It is with a heavy heart, but with total submission to the will of God that we announce the death of Rev. Fr. Vitus Borogo, which sad event took place today (Saturday), at Prison Farm, Kujama, along Kaduna-Kachia road, after a raid on the farm by terrorists.”
The Bishop of the Diocese, Most. Rev. Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, also condoled with the immediate family of Fr. Borogo, the NFCS family of Kaduna Polytechnic, and the entire Kaduna Polytechnic Community, assuring them of his fraternal closeness and prayers.
“Meanwhile, we commit his soul to the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and call on all men and women of goodwill to continue to pray for the peaceful repose of his soul and for the consolation of his bereaved family, especially his mother,” the statement said. -BBC