The parish priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Ejike Fabian Odunze,has been allegedly attacked by some youths of the area Nkomoro in Ezza North Local in Nigeria.
Report say the incident happened after the Father flogged and detained the son of the Councilor of Nkomoro Ward, Mrs Ngozika Onele, for allegedly destroying his cassava.
An eyewitness say, Fr. Ejike vowed not to release the child without seeing the parents, after he warned him several times, against destroying his farm produce.
The fathers refusal to release the boy, angered his family members who went and reported the matter to the Chairman of the Parish Council.
“When the Chairman of the Parish Council arrived at the Father’s house, alongside Kelechi Nwali and Chika Nwali, who are the brothers to the Ward Councillor, he sought to know what happened,” the source explained.
“But Fr. Ejike asked him to ask the people who brought him into the matter. It was in the process that a quarrel ensued. Then, Chika Nwali insisted Father must release the boy to them without further delay. His outburst angered Father who ordered that he should leave his compound. But he refused,”
“Chika said he would not leave without Father releasing the boy. In anger, Father brought a cane and started flogging him to leave his compound. Immediately Father used the cane on him, he collected it and broke it, into pieces, before Chika and his other brothers who were around, started beating the priest mercilessly.” the source added.
The father is said to have left the community, and is currently at Bishop’s quarters in Abakaliki, where he is also receiving treatment.
The Bishop of Abakaliki Dioceses, Michael Nnachi Okoro and the entire Catholic community are said to be very furious over the development.
When contacted, Fr. Odunze said he was not stable to talk on the matter and wanted to be left alone.
“I’m not stable to talk to you now.”
By: Naa Ayorkor Laryea