The Priest-in-charge of the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Ariaria in Abia North LGA, Archdeacon Julius Dike, has been found dead with his wife and house help.
According to reports, after the close of a crusade on Monday, February 8, on the church premises, the priest retired to his house with the wife and the maid.
It was gathered that some of the parishioners who attended the following morning service became apprehensive when the priest did not come out to conduct service and no other member of the family was around to explain why he wasn’t available.
Some members of the church were said to have gone to his apartment to inquire if all was well only to meet their doors locked.
Upon breaking into their apartment, they met the priest, the wife and their maid lifeless.
They were said to have been hurriedly moved them to a private hospital where they were confirmed dead. A source in the church, who spoke with The Nation, said that they were yet to know the cause of their death. He stated that they are suspecting food poison as they could not trace any sign that they could have inhaled generator fume.
The source added that the children could have died along with their parents if not that they had gone back to their various boarding schools.