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Saturday, 3 August 2019

IGP orders manhunt for killers of Catholic Priest

IGP orders manhunt for killers of Catholic Priest

…as operations rescue RCCG pastors begin

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, has ordered massive manhunt for the killers of the Parish Priest of St. James the Greater Catholic Church, Ugbawka in Enugu State. Fr. Offu, who was of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, was shot dead last Thursday by gunmen, along Ihe-Agbudu Road in Awgu LGA of the state.

The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, who conveyed the IGP’s directive in a statement, said a similar order had been made for the rescue of 5 pastors of the Redeemed Chris tian Church of God (RCCG), who were kidnapped on their way to a meeting in Lagos.

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“Consequently, crack detectives from the IGP-Intelligence Response Unit (IRT), the Forensic and Homicide sections of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) have been deployed to Enugu State to complement the Command in their investigations into the unfortunate incident.

In addition, the AIG in charge of Zone 9 Headquarters has been directed to mobilize more units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel to black spots in Enugu State.

“In a similar vein, intensified operations have commenced for the rescue of RCCG Pastors who were abducted along J3 Area of Ogbere on their way to Lagos from the Eastern part of the Country. Tactical and Operational assets of the Force have been deployed with the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State Command taking the lead-role in the search and rescue operations.

“The IGP, while condemning the killing of the Catholic priest and the abduction of the clergymen, calls for calm and assures that the perpetrators will not go unpunished. He therefore enjoins the public to avail the Police with credible information that will assist in apprehending the criminals”, Mba said.

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