Emeka Merenu, a priest with the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has reportedly been killed by unknown gunmen in Iheteukwa, Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State.
Merenu was said to have been shot dead in the early hours of Tuesday at the church house provided for him.
His car was also set on fire.
The killing took place hours after gunmen suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), invaded Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkume, in Njaba local government area of the state and chased away students who were participating in the ongoing 2021 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), on Monday.
According to TheCable, sources disclosed that the hoodlums attacked the priest at the church house for allegedly inviting soldiers to secure the mission school where he serves as the principal.
Michael Abattam, spokesperson of the Imo State police command, however, said he was yet to get the report of the incident.
“You are just informing me about this incident. The command will investigate the matter and make our stand known in no distant time,” he said.
The development comes amid the sit-at-home order by IPOB, which has grounded activities in parts of the South-east.
Some private school owners in Imo were said to have lamented that the sit-at-home order has disrupted their scheduled resumption of school activities.