A popular Anglican priest, Emeka Merenu has been murdered in Imo state by gunmen suspected to be members of the outlawed Independent People of Biafra (IPOB).

Merenu who hails from Amorji Agbomiri village in Nkwerre local government area of Imo state was shot dead on Tuesday by the assailants.

A member of the House of Assembly representing Nkwerre local government, Obinna Okwara, confirmed the murder of the cleric.

Okwara said the cleric was killed in his parsonage at Orsu Iheteukwa, in Orsu local government area of Imo state in the early hours of Tuesday.

The lawmaker said that IPOB militia killed the cleric over allegations that he brought military men to secure his church and secondary school under his supervision.

Mr. Obinna also noted that the vehicle of the cleric was set ablaze by the assailants.

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