The Edo State Acting Governor, Philip Shaibu, has visited the community where the late Catholic Priest, Rev. Father Christopher Idia, was kidnapped and killed on Sunday, June 26.
Naija News reports that Shaibu, led by other government functionaries and heads of security agencies in the state, on Monday, to Ikabigbo, condemned the killing of the catholic priest. He also commiserated with the family of a member of the Edo Vigilante Network, Yusuf Nurudeen. The latter lost his life in an attempt to rescue the priest. He further urged the community to partner with the Police and charged anyone taking action to work within the ambits of the law to ensure that they do not run afoul of the law. Shaibu said he was in the area to commiserate with the Uzairue people and get first-hand knowledge of the incident, noting, “The unfortunate attack resulted in the killing of Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia at St. Michael Catholic Church, Ikabigbo in Etsako West Local Government Area. I received briefs from eyewitnesses in the community and assured the troubled community that the assailants will be brought to book and made to pay for their crimes.” He continued: “We are pained by the loss of both the reverend father and the member of the vigilante group, who was killed, but I am particularly happy with our youth and the vigilante group and the hunters. We also commend the police and the military for their prompt action. We’re very saddened that we lost our loved ones. “I insisted that we must come to see what has happened for ourselves. We have gotten some information already. Last night, I insisted that the military should remain in the bush to comb the forest. As we speak, they’re still there because we want to make sure that none of the culprits escapes.” “We will also look at what has happened here critically because Edo State has been relatively peaceful. We will not allow these miscreants to come into our state and disrupt the peace that we’re already enjoying. Edo will be too hot for them. We will assess what has happened to know how to correct them,” Shaibu noted.
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