David Missal, Corps Member, Taraba

Cyriacus Onunkwo, a Roman Catholic priest serving in Imo State, has been murdered after being kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

Chris Ezike, the state commissioner of police, confirmed the development Channels TV on Sunday, September 3, 2017.

Onunkwo was reportedly abducted from his vehicle in Orlu, a town in the state on Friday morning.

Following a manhunt, a body was discovered in the bush in Omuma village in Orlu East Local Government Area of the southeastern on Saturday.

The commissioner said the body has been identified as that of the priest and “investigations were ongoing” to unveil Onunkwo’s killers.

There are speculations that he may have been strangled as his body had no gunshot or stab wounds, according to the police.

The cleric’s vehicle was discovered “intact” and nothing had been taken from the vehicle according to sources.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

There has been a marked increase in kidnappings around the country in the past two years.


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