Orlu, Nigeria, Sep 5, 2017 / 14:32 pm America/Denver (CNA).
A Catholic priest was kidnapped and found murdered in Nigeria, local sources have confirmed.
According to local news source Vanguard, Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo was kidnapped from his car by gunmen on Sept. 1 in the village of Orlu in the state of Imo in southern Nigeria. Police report that earlier that day, another priest - Fr. Jude Udokwu - was also attacked by kidnappers in the same village, but managed to escape.
Within 24 hours, the body of Fr. Onunkwo was found in the bush close to a nearby village, according to police. Priests of the local Orlu Catholic Diocese were called to scene immediately to help identify the body.
Fr. Onunkwo’s body reportedly did not show any outward wounds, and so local authorities suspect that he may have been strangled to death.
No arrests have been made in connection with the death thus far, though local police have said the investigation is ongoing.