The Catholic Diocese of Auchi has confirmed the death of an Edo priest, Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, who was earlier abducted on Sunday.
Odia, who was abducted in Ikabigbo Community in the Etsako West Local Government Area of the state was killed by his abductors late Sunday.
He was reportedly stepping out to attend Mass at the St. Michael Catholic Church in Ikabigbo.
However, news of his death broke out a few hours after his abduction.
The statement was signed by the Director of Social Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi, Rev. Fr. Peter Egielewa.
It read in part, “With heavy hearts but with total submission to the will of God, we announce the death of our priest Rev. Fr. Christopher Odia, who was killed by his abductors after being kidnapped this morning 26th June 2022 at about 6.30am in his rectory while coming out to go for Sunday Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church Ikabigbo, Uzairue, Edo State.
“Until his death, Fr Odia was the Administrator of St Michael Catholic Church, Ikabigbo and also the Principal of St. Philip Catholic Secondary School Jattu. He was aged 41. May his soul rest in peace.
“Burial arrangements will be announced by the Diocese later.”