Ebonyi: Catholics protest indefinite suspension of Reverend Father

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About 100 Catholic faithful of the Abakaliki Diocese, on Sunday, besieged the Pastoral Centre Chaplaincy, Abakaliki, to protest the suspension of the Rev Fr in-charge of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Otinyi-Ngbo, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Rev Fr. John Odey.

The protesters, who carried placards with inscriptions, were drawn from the different parishes of the Diocese.

They stormed the church as early as 8 am and blocked the entrance, causing vehicular and human traffic along the major road.

The protest almost disrupted the service at the Bishop Court as many parishioners joined in the protest.

One of the protesters, Bro Romanus Igwe, said that they were at the Bishop Court to protest the indefinite suspension of the priest.

He alleged that there has been a lot of injustices and intimidation in the Abakaliki Diocese of the Catholic Church.

He expressed the regret that a lot of issues that should have followed canonical due process were being politicised and called on the new Bishop, Peter Chukwu to urgently address some of the ills in the Diocese.

Reporters gathered that the suspension of the Priest, a known critic of the Church leadership and government actors, followed a book he recently launched in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital which generated an uproar within the Catholic community.

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