Catholic Missionary With Ties to Louisiana Parishes Assassinated in On-Road Ambush Attack In Nigeria

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By Samuel Smith , CP Reporter
August 20, 2015|10:42 am


Nigeria (Photo: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

A woman prays during a New Year’s day service at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Abuja, January 1, 2014

A Nigerian Catholic priest who served at two Louisiana parishes for 11 years before returning to his home country was shot and killed by unknown assailants in an apparent road ambush in Southern Nigeria last weekend.

The Rev. Dennis Osuagwu, who was serving in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri in Nigeria’s Imo state and worked at the General House of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, was traveling in the town of Nekede last Saturday when he was ambushed and shot dead at point blank range.

The Nigerian news agency reports that the bullet that killed the 57 year old, who was also on staff at Imo Polytechnic School, entered through the right side of his body and exited from the left side of his face.

Authorities are unsure of his assassins’ motives but believe that his assassination might stem from an internal dispute within the school, as Osuagwu was known to be a strict no no-nonsense priest who wasn’t shy about speaking his mind.

Osuagwu’s body was discovered by local residents, and a spokesperson for the local police, DSP Andrew Enwerem, confirmed that the missionary was killed along a bushy pathway.

“It was a gruesome murder. There is the likelihood that the assassins carefully monitored the priest’s movement and laid ambush for him on his track,” Enwerem stated. “The priest was murdered along a very lonely bush path that would have led him into Port Harcourt Road.”


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