Anxiety grips the Catholic community in Igbo – Ukwu village, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State after three priests have reportedly died all within the space of six months.
According to reports, their death comes after about 15 shrines and ancient artifacts in the community were destroyed in the state and traditional rulers promised to retaliate.
The latest Catholic priest to die in the community is Reverend Father Christopher Azolibe, who was the parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, the foremost Catholic community in Igbo-ukwu town.
Before the death of Rev. Father Azolibe, two other priests died after the Christian community in the town carried out a crusade that led to burning of shrines on December 29th, 2017.
The traditionalists had received information that the priest was coming for community “cleansing” and had written to the Parish Priest of the host church, urging the parishioners to steer clear of their religious sites.