Abeokuta, 29 December, 2021 / 11:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Priest who was murdered on the eve of Christmas Day in the Diocese of Abeokuta in Nigeria is to be laid to rest this Friday, December 31, the leadership of the Nigerian Episcopal See has announced.
Fr. Luke Mewhenu Adeleke who was returning to his residence at St. Anthony Ijemo-Fadipe Parish of Abeokuta Diocese after celebrating Holy Mass at Ogunmakin, an outstation of the Parish in Nigeria’s Obafemi-Owode Local Government area, Ogun State, died of gunshot wounds inflicted by “unknown gunmen”, multiple sources have confirmed the December 24 incident to ACI Africa.
“The attackers fired at his vehicle and the bullets hit his legs, making him lose a lot of blood and died in his car,” the Nigeria Catholic Network (NCN) has reported December 26, adding that the body of the late Parish Priest “was later deposited at the mortuary in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Lantoro, Abeokuta.”
In a circular announcing funeral arrangements of the 37-year-old Nigerian Catholic Priest obtained by ACI Africa, the leadership of Abeokuta Diocese writes, “With deep sorrow and a heavy heart and yet with total submission to the will of God, the Bishop, Most Rev. Peter Kayode Odetoyinbo, the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta, announce the passing unto glory of Rev. Fr. Luke Adeleke who died on the 24th December, 2021.
The circular indicates that the burial of the member of the Clergy of Abeokuta Diocese, which is to take place at the Catholic Bishop’s Court, Onikoko, Abeokuta on New Year eve will be preceded by Holy Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral.