Sunday, 21 July 2019

Suspected fulani herdsmen attack Catholic priest in Enugu state

Suspected fulani herdsmen attacked A priest in the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rev.
Fr. Ikechukwu Ilo, along Numeh- Nenwe
road in the Nkanu East Local Government Area
of the state.

A statement released by the Director of
Communication, Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rev.
Fr. Benjamin Achi, says Father Ilo was riding
in his car to his parish with one Mrs Chike Egbo
when they were attacked by AK47
wielding herdsmen on Wednesday evening July
17th. According to Achi, two herdsmen came
out from the bush and ordered the clergyman
to stop his car. For refusing to obey their order,
the herdsmen allegedly opened fire on the
clergyman, causing him and the other
occupant to sustain gunshot injuries.

Fr. Benjamin quoted according to the statement made by the victim

“As we drove towards the village, the Fulani
killer herdsmen, who spoke both in English
and Fulani languages, opened fire, trying
to force us to stop. Seeing that we were not
ready to cave in to their intimidation, they
started raining bullets on our vehicle at
close range and in the process, shot me at
my ankle and shoulder while the other
victim was shot in her leg and waist.”

Achi said Father Ilo was immediately rushed o
to the Annunciation Specialist Hospital, Emene
where he is receiving treatment.
Confirming the incident,

A statement released by the Director of
Communication, Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rev.
Fr. Benjamin Achi, says Father Ilo was riding
in his car to his parish with one Mrs Chike Egbo
when they were attacked by AK47
wielding herdsmen on Wednesday evening July
17th. According to Achi, two herdsmen came
out from the bush and ordered the clergyman
to stop his car. For refusing to obey their order,
the herdsmen allegedly opened fire on the
clergyman, causing him and the other
occupant to sustain gunshot injuries.
Achi quoted Father Ilo as saying
“As we drove towards the village, the Fulani
killer herdsmen, who spoke both in English
and Fulani languages, opened fire, trying
to force us to stop. Seeing that we were not
ready to cave in to their intimidation, they
started raining bullets on our vehicle at
close range and in the process, shot me at
my ankle and shoulder while the other
victim was shot in her leg and waist.”
Achi said Father Ilo was immediately rushed o
to the Annunciation Specialist Hospital, Emene
where he is receiving treatment.


The spokesperson of Enugu
Herdsmen 
state police command, Ebere Amaraizu,
said investigations into the matter has
commenced. She however denied allegations
that the attack was by Fulani herdsmen.
“The Enugu State command of the Nigeria
Police Force through its operatives are
investigating the attack by robbers on a
priest identified as Rev. Fr. Ikechukwu Ilo
of St. Patrick Parish, Numeh on Wednesday
July 18, 2019, along Numeh axis of Nkanu
East Local Government Area of Enugu State
by unidentified persons, contrary to
speculations of attack by a terrorist group.”
Amaraizu saidraizu,
said investigations into the matter has
commenced. She however denied allegations
that the attack was by Fulani herdsmen.
“The Enugu State command of the Nigeria
Police Force through its operatives are
investigating the attack by robbers on a
priest identified as Rev. Fr. Ikechukwu Ilo
of St. Patrick Parish, Numeh on Wednesday
July 18, 2019, along Numeh axis of Nkanu
East Local Government Area of Enugu State
by unidentified persons, contrary to
speculations of attack by a terrorist group.”
Amaraizu said

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