Benin City, 08 June, 2023 / 9:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Fr. Charles Onomhoale Igechi, a Catholic Priest, who was returning from pastoral duties in Nigeria’s Benin City Archdiocese on Wednesday, June 7 was shot dead, the Local Ordinary has said.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Thursday, June 8, Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze expresses “great shock” following the death of the Priest who was to mark his first Priestly anniversary in August.
Archbishop Akubeze says, “With great shock we received the news this morning that he was shot on his way back to his place of assignment, on the 7th of June, 2023 and his remains were found by Boundary Street in Ikpoba Hill, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, Edo State.”
“The appropriate security agency has been informed and they are presently working on the case,” he further says, and adds, “We pray that the perpetrators of this evil act will be brought to the face of justice.”
The Nigerian Archbishop appeals for prayers for the soul of Fr. Onomhoale, who was ordained a Priest on 13 August 2022, saying, “We therefore wish to solicit for your prayers for the happy repose of his soul.”