Tragedy hits Anambra as Catholic priest burns to death in church fire outbreak

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Tragedy enveloped Nnewi Community as parish priest of St Peter Claver Catholic Parish, Nnew Ichi in Nnewi North LGA of Anambra State, Reverend Father Edmund Nwagbala lost his life following a fire outbreak that occurred in the church in the early hours of Friday.

According to reports, Fr Nwagbala, aged about 60yrs, was burnt beyond recognition inside his room at the same premises when the fire gutted a part of the Church’s residential building

Meanwhile, Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident, told newsmen that police patrol teams attached to Otolo Division led by the DPO had visited the scene.

Firefighters also visited the area immediately and the fire was promptly put off.

The victim, who was rushed to the hospital for medical attention, was confirmed dead on arrival by the medical doctor and corpse deposited at the mortuary for postmortem examination.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr John Abang has already ordered for a discreet investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident

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