5 Suspects Arrested in Connection with Shooting of Catholic Priest in Lagos

Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Catholic priest in Lagos, Friday morning.
They are said to be under interrogation to determine their level of involvement.
Famous-Cole dispelled rumours that the priest was killed, adding that he was recuperating at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
Three gunmen posing as worshippers were said to have invaded St. Thomas’ Catholic Church, Onilekere, Ikeja, Lagos and shot the Parish Priest, Rev. Daniel Nwankwo, at close range.
It was gathered that the incident occurred at 8:30 a.m., shortly after the priest concluded the day’s morning mass.
This is coming a day after suspected killers of a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo, were paraded in Imo state.
The cleric was kidnapped by some gunmen in Orlu, Imo State in his car on Friday.
He was said to be returning home to organise the funeral of his father when he was abducted at gunpoint.
His remains were later discovered in Omumma, in the Oru East Local Government Area on Saturday.
A police officer, Jude Madu, who allegedly masterminded the abduction was among those arrested .
In the Lagos attack,it was learnt that the gunmen reportedly approached the priest and demanded audience with him, a request he granted without suspicion.
But as soon as Nwankwo followed them outside the church auditorium, one of the hoodlums, who allegedly spoke fluent Igbo language, opened fire on him.
Our correspondent gathered that his alleged attackers, who were armed with locally made pistols, scaled the fence into a nearby canal as soon as the priest raised alarm.
It was gathered that the acting Police Commissioner in Lagos, Imohimi Edgal, led some policemen to the scene and assured worshipers that the culprits would be fished out.
Famous-Cole said: “The priest was immediately taken to LASUTH for medical attention where he is currently being treated and is in stable condition. The CP has visited the priest to ensure he gets adequate treatment. He also spoke with him
“Yes the CP was at the scene and he spoke with some witnesses, who said the assailants were three and all Igbos.
“The witnesses said the assailants were not known to be members of the church. They said they were having a conversation with the priest before he was shot.
“CP Edgal has deployed a crack team of detectives and operational officers to the scene and all areas leading to the canal where the suspects were said to have ran towards.
“Already, five suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime and they are being interrogated.”

Author: News Editor

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