Members of Saint Bernard’s Catholic Parish, Ugueze Effium, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, have appealed to the state governor, Dave Umahi, to release their parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Timothy Ngwuta.
Ngwuta has been in prison custody on the allegation of promoting the protracted Ezza/Effium crisis in the local government.
In a statement signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Laity Council in the parish, Ezinna Ezakaoru and David Nweke-Eze, respectively after their meeting in the parish on Sunday, the parishioners appealed to the governor to consider the sanctity of priesthood and release their priest unconditionally.
The council thanked the governor for his efforts in ensuring that peace return to the community.
It also thanked the governor for the release of a member of the state House of Assembly, Chinedu Awoh; and the Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government, Clement Odaa, both of Effium community and appealed to him to extend same gesture to the priest.
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