Gunmen have shot and stabbed to death on early Tuesday morning a priest of St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Ihitte-Ikwa, Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State, Rev. Emeka Merenu.
The priest was said to have been killed for disobeying sit-at home order of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and allowing students to sit for their West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE ) at his parish school on Monday when President Mohammadu Buhari was in the state on official visit.
The gunmen were suspected to be members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), an armed wing of the IPOB.
It was gathered that the gunmen armed with assault rifles drove into the church compound and entered the parsonage, killing the priest and setting his car ablaze.
The gunmen were said to be shooting indiscriminately to scare people away from the scene as they left.
A statement credited to IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, in July allegedly accused the Archbishop of Enugu, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, of betraying the Biafran people.
The IPOB further accused the archbishop and powerful businessmen and traditional Igbo leaders of betraying the cause of independence by their support for the Federal Government.