CRISIS is brewing between the Catholic Diocese of Auchi in Edo State and the family of the deceased Parish priest of St Thomas Moore Catholic Church, Sobe, Owan West Local Government Council, Rev. Father Peter Ayala, who was found dead in his room last Sunday.
While the church believes that the Rev. Father was killed while cleaning his gun that Sunday morning, the family told Vanguard that the church was too hasty in reaching such conclusion, asserting
that somebody may have murdered their son.
A family source who does not want his name in print, told Vanguard yesterday that “the church has not helped matters.
Wherein that police investigation is still on-going they are saying that it could be suicide and it was pasted on the website of the Catholic Diocese of Auchi. The story they told us, the family members, does not look straight to us.
“What we have been told is that they found him dead with the gun by his side, then there was a spanner beside him, which looks like he was servicing the gun.
The question is that: if you shoot a gun does it not vibrate? So if the Rev Father was servicing the gun and it actually went off then that gun should not be found by his side. So the whole thing looks fishy. We are still asking the question: what killed him? The story they are giving us does not make sense to us.
“Remember, nobody was there, nobody has said he was there when it happened. So we are only creating scenario that this is the possibility. But beyond everything, should the church pronounce before the police that he was killed by the gun when the police is yet to investigate the case?”
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