he South East Human Rights Situation Room has expressed worry about the alleged attacks and killing of Catholic priests in Enugu State by gunmen.
The group led by Prof. Joy Ezeilo was reacting to the alleged killing of a Catholic priest, Rev Fr Paul Offu on Aug. 1 on Ihe-Agbudu Road in Awgu Local Government Area of the state.
Offu, until his death, was the Parish priest of St. James the Greater Parish, Ugbawka in Nkanu West Local Government Area.
Ezeilo told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Friday that the situation was becoming unbearable as residents of the state now live in fear.
“We condemn in strong terms the incessant attacks and killings in Enugu State targeted especially on priests in the state.
“These attacks have reached a threatening level that calls for urgent action and measures to bring them to a halt,’’ she said.
She called on the South East Governors, especially Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to urgently put necessary measures to stop the rising rate of insecurity in the zone.
Ezeilo also called on security agencies in the state to rise up to their responsibilities and tackle security challenges in the state.