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JUST IN: Catholic priest killed as fire guts church in Anambra

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A Catholic Church in Nnewi, Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State, St Peter Claver Catholic Parish has been gutted by fire.

Edujandon.com reports that a resident priest who lives in the church’s parish house was lost his life to the fire which started at about 4am today.The state police command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed confirmed this, saying, “Today 16/11/19 at about 04:00am, there was a fire outbreak at St.Peter Claver Catholic Parish Nnewi ichi in Nnewi North LGA of Anambra State.”

He said, “The inferno whose cause is yet to be ascertained affected part of the Church’s residential building. As a result the parish priest one Rev Fr.Edmond Nwagbala ‘m’ aged about 60yrs was burnt beyond recognition inside his room at same premises.

“Police patrol teams attached to Otolo Division led by the DPO visited the scene and Fire Service department was equally alerted, they responded promptly and put off the fire before it escalates.

“Meanwhile, the victim was rushed to the hospital for medical attention but certified dead on arrival by the medical doctor and corpse deposited at the mortuary for postmortem examination.”

Haruna said the Commissioner of Police CP John B.Abang has ordered for a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.

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