Tragedy was averted as three Catholic priests at the parish house of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Umualumaku, Ehime Mbano area of Imo State escaped being lynched by armed robbers, weekend.
The 5-man gang gained entry into the chancery around 3am on Sunday, tied the priests and demanded for N5m.
They were disposed of valuables, including mobile phones, laptops, wrist watches and cash.
The priests included the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Anthony Dieme, his curate, Rev. Fr. Christian Obioha and a resident priest, Rev. Fr. Innocent Obiukwu, who is taking refuge in the parish after surviving onslaught from the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.
Confirming the incident, the Police PRO, DSP Andrew Enwerem said investigation into the incident has commenced.
He vowed that the command will get the culprits and prosecute them accordingly.