St. Peter Claver Catholic Parish in Nnewi Ichi, Nnewi Norh Local Government Area of Anambra State has been gutted by fire.
The inferno which cause is yet to be ascertained started in the wee hours of today, Saturday, November 16, 2019, and affected parts of the church residential building, leaving the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Edmond Nwagbala, dead.
The priest, about 60 years old, was said to have been burnt beyond recognition inside his room.
Confirming the incident in a statement, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed, said that police patrol teams attached to Otolo Division led by the DPO visited the scene.
He said that men of the Fire Service responded promptly and put off the fire before it escalated.
Meanwhile, the victim was rushed to the hospital for medical attention but was certified dead on arrival by the medical doctor on duty. His body has been deposited at the mortuary for postmortem examination.
Mohammed said the state Commissioner of Police, CP John B. Abang, has ordered for a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.
Source News Express