A Reverend Father with a Catholic diocese in Anambra State, was allegedly burnt by a cooking gas fire in a lover’s house at Allen Avenue, Awka, and has reportedly been flown abroad for treatment and to cover traces, Punch reports.
The Priest was allegedly relaxing in a one-room apartment of his alleged girlfriend, a student of a university in the state, on the fateful day the incident occurred.
Source, who pleaded anonymity, said the lover died in the inferno while the Reverend Father sustained high degree of burns.
“The girl died on the spot, but the priest was hurriedly smuggled away and we now hear that they have flown him abroad, apparently to cover traces. Are there no hospitals in Nigeria? I have told them to stop covering this story. What do they want to achieve by hiding this story? The truth should be said and shame the devil,” the source maintained.
But another source said:
“The priest was involved in the gas fire accident trying to save a life. All these side talks are not unnecessary.”
When Abuchi, Onwumelu, the Press Secretary to the Bishop of the Diocese, Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor, was contacted on the telephone for reaction, he said he had heard about the gas fire incident involving a Reverend Father, but had no full facts of the story.