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Over 200 Priests staged protest in Enugu over incessant killings of Colleagues

The deceased was said to be traveling on Ihe-Agbudu Road in Awgu local government area of the state in the evening of Thursday, Aug. 1 before being intersected and killed by suspected armed Fulani Herdsmen.

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Over 200 Catholic priests within the Catholic Diocese of Enugu hot the streets of Enugu State earlier on Friday to protest incessant killings of their colleague, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, in Enugu state on Friday, August 2.

The deceased was said to be traveling on Ihe-Agbudu Road in Awgu local government area of the state in the evening of Thursday, Aug. 1 before being intersected and killed by suspected armed Fulani Herdsmen.

Over 200 Priests staged protest in Enugu over incessant killings of Colleagues

killed by yet to be identified gunmen, suspected to be armed herdsmen, while

The Catholic priests, numbering over 200, marched to government house to express their anger.

who marched peacefully, passed through major roads within Enugu metropolis on their white official cassock.

The priests, according to viral pictures, wore white official cassock, held placards with the various inscriptions such as: “Government Must Address Security Challenge in Enugu’’ and “We Are Not Happy with Government’’. “Enough is Enough’’, “Catholic Priests are Targets of Hoodlums’’, “We Cannot be Living in Fear’’,

While speaking on the ugly development with newsmen, the Catholic Bishop of Enugu, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, said that the protest was to register the displeasure of the diocese at the incessant attacks on Catholic priests by hoodlums in the state, which had lasted for seven years now.

Over 200 Priests staged protest in Enugu over incessant killings of Colleagues

He also noted that the Catholic priests were simply demanding for more security in the state adding that “if there are crop of bad herdsmen in the state they should be fished out and we will continue to live in peace with the good ones’’.

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He, however, stressed that the attack had become unbearable as the diocese also lost a priest in March, who was killed same suspected armed herdsmen.

Over 200 Priests staged protest in Enugu over incessant killings of Colleagues

He said that two weeks ago, another priest was shot in the state and “he is still receiving intensive medical attention as we speak’’.

“I am sorrowful and utterly disappointed on the security in the state. This year alone, we (diocese) have suffered some casualties,’’ he lamented.

Priests, mothers, fathers, children declare “No Ruga In Biafra Land”, Protest to Ebonyi Govt House

Meanwhole, Scannews 24 earlier reported that residents of Ebonyi State protested to government, demanded “No Ruga Settlement” in the state.

The protesters, which comprises, Reverend fathers, mothers, children, others marched with placards “no ruga settlement in Biafra land” and others.

This was contained in a post by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on his Facebook page, on Monday.

The post reads: When we said no inch or quarter of our blessed land of Biafra will be surrendered to Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) a.k.a Fulani herdsmen, the fourth most deadly terrorist group in the world in the guise of RUGA, Waterways Bill or Nigerian Army Cattle Ranch, we meant it.

“Our priests, mothers, fathers and children reinforced that message today when they took to the streets of Abakaliki Ebonyi State capital to remind the weak minded, two-faced governors from the East that we mean business. There will be no RUGA anywhere on Biafran soil.

“I encourage Shiites across the north and elsewhere to emulate the resillience of IPOB by continuing with their lawful protest and religious activities without fear. Proscription or no proscription, we IPOB have continued to march, evangelise.”

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