BARELY three weeks after a Catholic priest, Rev Fr Michael of the Archdiocese of Abuja was murdered by yet-to-be identified gunmen in a supermarket, another Catholic priest, Rev Fr Jude Egbuom of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu has again be murdered on September 10, by unknown gunmen where he was having a haircut.
The death of the Catholic priest has thrown the entire Catholic community in Nigeria into mourning with several questions calling for answers.
Rev Fr Jude, who visited his home town, Umuwala, on the fateful day was shot several times in the chest at a salon where he was having a haircut at Nkwerre alongside his seminarian when the killers stormed the salon.
Rev Fr Jude Egbuom was said to have died immediately while his seminarian was also injured and others hit by stray bullets.
It could be recalled that some Catholic priests in different dioceses in Nigeria have suffered death at the hands of unknown armed men while others have had to face trauma of kidnapping. Just a week ago, a Catholic priest of Warri Diocese was abducted while a priest from Nnewi diocese is still missing after months of abduction.
The police and other security agencies are at the moment called upon to provide security for innocent citizens
Until his gruesome murder, Rev. Fr. Jude Egbuom was the parish priest of St Patrick’s Catholic Church Amucha.