Police launch investigation into murder of Enugu Catholic priest

Nigerian police

Police in Enugu have begun investigating the murder of Rev. Fr Paul Offu, the parish priest of St. James Greater Parish, Ugbawka in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state.

Enugu police spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, told newsmen on Friday that the police were doing everything possible to apprehend those behind the killing.

Fr Paul was killed late Thursday.

The spokesman, however, said that it was not right to blame the incident on Fulani herdsmen when the culprits had not been apprehended.

“We are on top of the matter and everything is being done to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident that claimed the life of the priest,” he said.

The Catholic Diocese of Enugu had on Facebook announced the killing.  

The diocese expressed regret that catholic priests have been targeted in the past two months in the state by unidentified gunmen.