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The Catholic Diocese of Auchi in Edo State has confirmed the death of Christopher Odia, a 41 year old reverend father, who was abducted on Sunday by gunmen in the state.


According to reports, the priest who 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, Edo state, was abducted while coming out for Sunday Mass at his rectory, St. Michael Catholic Church, Ikabigbo and was killed some hours later.

This is coming merely 24hrs after Mr. Vitus Borogo a Catholic priest was killed on Saturday. Mr Borogo was killed on his farm along Kaduna-Kachia on Saturday by gunmen. The 50 year old was the Chaplain of the Catholic community of the Kaduna State Polytechnic and chairman of the Nigerian Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA), Kaduna State Chapter.

The director of communication in the diocese, Peter Egielewa, confirmed the priest’s death in a statement on Sunday.

“With heavy hearts but with total submission to the will of God, we announce the death of our priest, Mr Odia, who was killed by his abductors after being kidnapped this morning June 26, 2022, at about 6:30 a.m., in his rectory while coming out to go for Sunday Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church Ikabigbo, Uzairue, Edo State,” Mr Egielewa said.

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