A Reverend Father has been assassinated by unknown gunmen in Imo State.
Residents of Owerri, the Imo State capital, were thrown into panic and apprehension when the body of a clergy man, Reverend Father (Dr) Dennis Osuagwu, was discovered after he was allegedly murdered by yet to be identified gunmen.
Though details of the assassination has been sketchy, it was discovered that the man of God was working at the Archdiocese of Owerri, as well as lecturing at the Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, before he met his untimely death with the discovery of his body in the morning of Saturday, August 14.
Though no one could give an immediate reason why Father Osuagwu could have been killed, assassination was not ruled out as the deceased was seen as a no nonsense preacher who spared no one and was wont to say his mind at all times, including during meeting with his superiors.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the incident, said the priest was assassinated in a bush path, adding that the police are suspecting that it was a clear case of assassination.
“The priest was murdered along a very lonely bush path that would have led him into Port Harcourt Road.
I wonder why the Catholic priest chose to use such a lonely bush path, knowing fully, the recent ceaseless bickering and wrangling stemming from Imo Polytechnic.”
It was a gruesome murder. There is the likelihood that the assassins carefully monitored the priest’s movement and laid ambush for him on his track.
The youths of the community joined the police in searching the surrounding bushes. The hoodlums simply perfected and carried out their damnable act before waning into the reedy air.”