Rev. F. Cyriacus Onunkwo

The Imo State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap and subsequent murder of a catholic priest, Rev. F. Cyriacus Onunkwo.

He was allegedly abducted from his vehicle in Orlu town in Orlu Local Government Area on Friday morning by gunmen.

Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, said following a manhunt, the priest’s body was discovered in the bush at Omuma Village in Orlu East Local Government Area on Saturday.

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The body was identified by priests of Orlu Catholic Diocese after they were alerted by the police of the discovery of an abandoned body in the area.

Police said the late cleric’s car was discovered intact, with nothing removed from it. And the body had no gunshot or wounds, leading to speculation that he may have been strangled.

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No arrests have so far been made, but CP Ezike said that the police were still working hard to unmask the abductors of the priest.

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