Abducted Auchi Catholic Priest Found Dead In The Bush

The presiding priest of Saint Michael Catholic Church, Ikabigbo, Uzaire, Esako Local Government Area, Edo State,  Fr. Christopher Odia has been found dead in the bush.

Fr Odia was abducted on June 26, 2022 by unknown gunmen in his rectory while coming out to attend Sunday Mass.

A statement signed by the Director of Social Communications Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Fr Egielewa Peter, said Fr Christopher Odia was allegedly murdered by those who kidnapped him.

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It stated that the 41 year old who doubled as the principal of St. Philip Catholic Secondary School, Jattu was taken away at 6:30 a.m on Sunday.

The statement reads, “With heavy hearts but with total submission to the will of God, we announce the death of our priest Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, who was killed by his abductors after being kidnapped this morning 26th June 2022 at about 6.30am in his rectory while coming out to go for Sunday Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church Ikabigbo, Uzairue, Edo State.

“Until his death, Fr Odia was the Administrator of St Michael Catholic Church, Ikabigbo and also the Principal of St. Philip Catholic Secondary School Jattu. He was aged 41. May his soul rest in peace.

“Burial arrangements will be announced by the Diocese later.

Rev. Fr. Peter Egielewa Director of Social Communications
Catholic Diocese of Auchi,” it said.

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