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A Catholic Priest in Onitsha Archdiocese and Spiritual
Director of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke, Idemili
North Local Government Area of Anambra State,Rev.Fr.
EmmanuelObimma(a.k.a. Ebube Muonso), yesterday escaped
death by whiskers when some gunmen suspected to be hired
assassins fired several gun shots at him at a close range.
The incident, according to the source, occurred at about 5.30
a.m. while he was going to celebrate a morning mass for
some worshippers at his Uke adoration center.
The source hinted that as he left his residence at St. Charles
Borromeo Catholic Parish, Odume Layout, Obosi, near the
commercial city of Onitsha for the Uke adoration center, he
saw a group of boys at Peoples’ Club Bus Stop, along Limca
Road, Nkpor, near Onitsha standing aloof and making calls.
The source stated that as soon as he sighted them, he
suspected that they could be bad people and he increased speed
of his vehicle, suspecting that they could be on his trail.
It was gathered that as he passed through Nkpor Junction,
down to Umuoji to Ojoto and then to Ideani Junction where
he was supposed to branch off to his Uke adoration center, he
sighted another group of men wearing police uniform.
As he slowed down his car and beckoned on one of them to
inform him that some bad elements were trailing him, so that
they would go after them, believing that the uniformed men he
was talking to were genuine policemen, other gang members
on the same police uniform who were hiding inside the bush,
trooped out from their hideout and allegedly opened fire on
him at a close range.
As they rained the bullets on him with their sophisticated
arms, the source continued, he sped off and escaped from
their sight, without being harmed.
However, non of the bullets aimed and fired at him could
penetrate his body but rather pierced through his vehicle’s
front and back windscreens and damaged some parts of the
SUV which he was driving.
Some of the Uke worshippers who spoke to newsmen on
phone over the incident, said the priest ran into the center
first and later went back to his residence at the Borromeo
parish.
The worshippers also quoted the victim as telling that at the
center that
he always sees AK 47 riffles in his visions and dreams till
last night, when he couldn’t sleep any longer.
According to them, “after all the shootings, not even his cloth
was touched, adding, it appeared that when the bullets were
hitting his body, it was like little ice block touching him,
because of how deep he was protected by the precious Blood
of Jesus Christ”.
Those who reacted to the incident, said Obimma could have
been attacked by some assassins suspected to have been hired
by cultists, witches and members of secret societies who felt
his prayers were having adverse effects on their occult
practices.
.When some newsmen visited his residence at Borromeo
parish, the vehicle was seen parked and covered with
tarpaulin, while the security men attached to the parish said
he had just returned from a burial ceremony of another
catholic priest who died and was just buried at the Basilica of
the Most Holy Trinity Cemetry, Onitsha.
All efforts to speak with him proved abortive as one if his
aides, told newsmen that he was so tired to meet or speak
with the press, as at the time of going to press.
Both the Director of Social Communications in Onitsha
Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Pius Ukor and one of the Personal
Assistants to Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke, Rev.
Fr. Ben Ogbunuko, confirmed to newsmen on phone that the
incident actually took place.
Frs. Ukor and Ogbunuko however added that they had
called Fr. Obimma’s line several times to hear from him but
without response.
One of Obimma’s aides who did not want his name in print,
told newsmen on phone that Fr. Obimma could not speak to
anybody yet on the incident until he obtains an approval from
the Archbishop.
Source ;Vanguard

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