A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Michael Akawu, was shot dead by suspected armed robbers on Saturday in Gwagwalada, a suburb of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
The ‘robbers’ killed Fr. Akawu at a supermarket where he had gone to get some provisions for the parish rectory, the director of Catholic Communication, Patrick Alumuku, has said.
Fr. Akawu, who was the first indigenous priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja was ordained in February 2017.
Information about his death was first announced by another Catholic priest, Fr. Omokwugbo Ojaifo, on his Facebook page on Sunday.
Fr. Michael Akawu, was the first indigene of Abuja to be ordained for Abuja Archdiocese.
“Yes it is true. Father Akawu was killed when he went to get some things for his parish at a supermarket in Gwagwalada. He was the first indigenous priest of this diocese,”
Mr Alumuku said.
Mr. Alumuku however said he is not sure of the age of the priest, before he was killed.