A Reverend Father with the Catholic Diocese in Anambra State was reportedly burnt by a cooking gas in his lover’s house at Allen Avenue in Awka. According to , the yet-to-be-named priest was burnt by a cooking gas fire and has been flown abroad to ‘cover traces.’ Speaking with the press, a source close to the church said that the alleged lover died in the inferno, while the priest sustained ‘high degree burns’.
He said: “Your inquiry isn’t exactly false. His (Reverend Father’s) relative is a friend and he did not say anything different from your proposed report,” the source said. It was gathered that the priest was relaxing in a one-room apartment of the alleged girlfriend (who was identified as a student of a university in the state) on the fateful day when the incident occurred.
The girl died on the spot, but the priest was hurriedly smuggled away and we now hear that they have flown him abroad, apparently to cover traces. Are there no hospitals in Nigeria? I have told them to stop covering this story. What do they want to achieve by hiding this story? The truth should be said and shame the devil.”
However, another source said the priest was only trying to save a life. He said: “The priest was involved in the gas fire accident trying to save a life. All these side talks are unnecessary.”
When contacted for comment, Abuchi Onwumelu, the Press Secretary to the Bishop of the Diocese, Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor, said he heard about the incident but does not have the full facts. Also, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ali Okechukwu, said the matter was yet to be reported to the police.