The First Indigenous Abuja Catholic Priest, Rev Fr Micheal Akawu, was killed by suspected armed robbers while shopping.
The deceased who only became a priest in February 2017, was killed by armed robbers in Gwagwalada Abuja Yesterday at a supermarket where he was buying items for the use of the Church. Friends and loved ones have been penning down tributes to the First Indigenous Abuja Catholic Priest on social media.
Emmanuel Onwubiko wrote;
MICHAEL AKAWU was the first Abuja indigene to be ordained a priest for the Abuja Catholic Archdiocese(according to information from a reliable source))He was ordained last year as I learnt…He was killed by armed robbers in Gwagwalada Abuja Yesterday at a supermarket where he was buying items for the use of the Church…Rest in Peace… May those who slaughtered you because of material things be punished for this dastardly crime against humanity… Nigeria has failed as a nation state and has gone to the dogs and baboons….
Just few weeks ago, a high court in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, sentenced two persons, Suleiman Goma (30) and Haruna Idi (32), to death for kidnapping and killing a catholic priest. In his ruling, Justice Andove Kaakan said prosecutors had proven beyond reasonable doubt that the two convicts conspired to murder the priest after receiving a ransom of N1.5 million to N500,000 less than they demanded.
Fr. John Adeyi of Otukpo Catholic Diocese was heading to Okpokwu from a mass in Orokamu when his abductors waylaid him. He was going to Okpokwu when he was abducted and later killed after the family paid ramsom. The priest was taken to a forest in Okpokwu on April26, 2016, before he was subsequently killed.
The Inspector General of Police filed the case against both convicts, who are from Orokamu in the Ogbadibo Local Government Area of the state. The judge listed weapons obtained from the accused persons to include two pistols, one Dane gun and charm.