The principal of Holy Ghost College, Owerri, Rev. Fr. Cyprian Ogu, narrowly escaped death when gunmen suspected to be assassins, stormed his residence in the institution and fired several shots into his bedroom.
Vanguard investigations revealed that the unusual and ceaseless barking of dogs for about two hours aroused the suspicion of the priest about the presence of unwanted visitors in the premises at that unholy hour of the day.
It was gathered that a note left behind by the suspected assassins and signed by Canon Terror Acid, showed that they could be members of the Black Axe Confraternity, AYE.
Narrating his ordeal to newsmen, Fr. Ogu said the gunmen stormed his residence about 1a.m., and went straight to his bedroom window and started firing gunshots at his bed.
“The dogs aroused my consciousness about a looming danger in the compound. I gathered all the boys staying with me and we quietly moved into the parlour shortly before the firing began,” the priest recounted.
According to Ogu, when it was clear that the hoodlums were after him, he mustered courage and contacted the Archdiocesan Secretariat, which ultimately alerted the security agencies.
“The timely arrival of the policemen eventually scared the assassins and they fled into safety. I am grateful to God for sparing my life and that of those staying with me”, Ogu said.
Reacting to the incident, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, lamented that “Satan is making some of our young men feel they are powerful.”