by Courtney Mares
Rome Newsroom, Mar 31, 2021 / 07:25 am MT (CNA).- A Catholic priest and a minimum of six others had been killed by gunmen in an assault on St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Benue State, Nigeria, the Diocese of Katsina-Ala confirmed Wednesday.
Fr. Ferdinand Fanen Ngugban had simply supplied Mass in his parish church of St. Paul Ayetwar in jap Nigeria and was making ready to depart for the Holy Week Chrism Mass when he was shot within the head by gunmen on March 30.
In accordance with an announcement by Fr. Fidelis Phelle Akjmbul, chancellor of the Diocese of Katsina-Ala, the physique of the priest and people of six different victims had been recovered after “there was pandemonium among the many internally displaced individuals who took refuge within the parish premises.”
“Fr Ferdinand went out to seek out out the reason for the confusion. He was shot within the head as he tried to take cowl after sighting armed gunmen,” mentioned the letter from the chancery dated March 31 and obtained by ACI Africa, CNA’s African information accomplice.
Native authorities in Nigeria’s Benue State confirmed that bandits had attacked St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Aye-Twar village.
The unidentified gunmen who attacked the parish additionally raided the Aye-Twar village and set many homes on hearth, in accordance with a number of media reviews.
Ngugban was ordained to the priesthood in 2015. The diocese famous that he was on his method to “renew his priestly vows alongside his brother clergymen” within the Chrism Mass at St. Gerard Majella Cathedral when he was killed.
He had served because the assistant priest at St. Paul parish since 2018, the place he helped take care of the numerous internally displaced individuals hosted by the parish. Ngugban beforehand was the assistant cathedral administrator for the Diocese of Katsina-Ala from 2015 to 2016 and a priest of St. Peter parish in Gbor-Tongov from 2016 to 2018.
The homicide comes days after one other Nigerian priest, Fr. Harrison Egwuenu of the diocese of Warri, was launched after a week-long kidnapping by gunmen. He’s nonetheless recovering from the trauma, in accordance with the diocese.
The funeral preparations for Fr. Ngugban and the opposite victims will probably be forthcoming.
“Could the soul of Fr. Ferdinand Fanen Ngugban and his companions relaxation in peace,” Fr. Akjmbul mentioned.
A model of this story was first revealed by ACI Africa, CNA’s African information accomplice. It has been tailored by CNA.