Catholic Priest Shot Dead by Suspected Gunmen

Charles Igechi, a priest under the Benin Catholic Archdiocese, has been reported killed.

The priest was shot dead by gunmen on Wednesday along Agbor road in Ikhueniro axis in Benin, the Edo capital.

A statement on Thursday by the Catholic Archbishop of Benin, Augustine Akubeze confirmed the incident.

The religious leader noted that the police had been notified and urged the security service to catch the perpetrators.

Akubese said the deceased, who was ordained last year, was ambushed and shot dead on his way back to his duty station.

Igechi’s remains were found at the boundary street of Akpoba Hill under Akpoba Okha Local Government Area.

Rev. Fr. Charles Onomhoale Igechi, ordained August 13, 2022, was Vice-Chancellor of St. Michael’s College in Equinero.

“We received word this morning that he was shot on his way back to his post.

We ask for your prayers for the happy rest of his soul. “

Father Akubese announced Mass for Igechi on June 9, 2023 at Bishop Kelly Pastoral Center Chapel at 10:00am.

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