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Killers of benue catholic priest sentenced to death

The two surviving kidnappers of a Catholic priest , Fr . John Adeyi , have been sentenced to death by hanging by a Makurdi High Court.
Adeyi , the Vicar – General of Catholic Diocese of Otukpo and Parish Priest of Catholic Church , Okpoga , was kidnapped by gunmen in 2016 .
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The cleric was later killed and his body dumped in a farm near Otukpo .
However , four kidnappers were arrested by the Intelligence Response Team led by ACP Abba Kyari few months after , but two of them later died in custody in unexplained circumstances .
In a verdict on Wednesday , the court found the two surviving suspects guilty and handed them the death sentence .
Reacting to the development , Kyari in a Facebook post noted that justice had been served .
“ Glory be to God Almighty , the kidnappers and killers of Rev . Fr . John Adeyi of Otukpo Diocese Benue State , whom we arrested in 2016 after a serious manhunt in Bauchi , Benue and Enugu states have been convicted and sentenced to death by hanging by the High Court in Makurdi, Benue State . Justice has been delivered to the kidnappers and killers of the innocent man .
“ My unit , IRT has recorded her first death conviction since inception in 2015 , ” he posted .
The family of the late cleric applauded the judgment in a statement , but noted that the development reminded them of the sad loss of their son . 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 , ” the family stated .

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