Killers of Benue Priest Sentenced to Death by Hanging

A High Court in Makurdi has sentenced the two surviving kidnappers and murderers of Fr John Adeyi to death by hanging.

Father Adeyi, the Vicar General of Catholic Diocese of Otukpo and Parish Priest of Catholic Church Okpoga, was killed in 2016 after being kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

And in a verdict on Wednesday, the court found the two surviving suspects guilty and handed them death by hanging, Daily Post writes.

Reacting to the judgment, the family of the late cleric described the court’s verdict as justice at last.

“Today being 25/07/2018, the kidnappers and murderers of Fr John Adeyi have been convicted and sentenced to death by hanging by a High Court in Makurdi,” the family said in a statement,

“While applauding the judgement and thanking God and all those who made this come true, we must say that today is a sad day to be reminded of the brutal death of our dear Very Rev Fr John Adeyi, PhD.

“It is gratifying, however, to know that the culprits did not go unpunished.

”May the soul of Fr Adeyi continue to rest in perfect peace with his creator.

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