The lifeless body of a pastor, Friday Isinwa, of Seven Days Church of God has been found near a pipeline after a two-day search by villagers in Umuhuo, Ikwerrede-Awara community, Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State.
Sources in the community revealed that the late Isinwa, a father of four, who was equally a farmer, had gone to one of his farms to harvest cassava when he was waylaid by suspected cult members, who murdered him after striping him Unclad.
After his remains were found on Monday, a large number of youths and some aged women in the community reportedly staged a protest against the killing.
The Savvy Gist gathered that there had been a supremacy battle in the community between members of the Iceland and Deygbam confraternities.
While many lives had been lost to the clashes, properties were reportedly set ablaze.
An indigene of the community, who identified himself simply as Kingsley, said, “Pastor Isinwa went to one of his farmlands on Saturday to harvest cassava and did not come back.”
He added that his family members alerted other villagers that he was missing and a search party was organised on Saturday and Sunday.
The party was said to have found his lifeless body near a pipeline in the community on Monday.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Andrew Enwerem, could not be reached for comment as of press time.