By Rachel Kogi, CSN, Abuja

While the Church in Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate Christmas, the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta Diocese has been thrown into a mournful state over the killing of one of its Priests, Rev. Fr. Luke Adeleke by some unknown gunmen.The National Director of Social Communications of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja, Very Rev. Fr. Michael Umoh, gathered from Abeokuta Diocese that Fr. Luke was murdered by unknown gunmen at about 7:00pm on the eve of Christmas, Friday, 24 December, 2021. The sad incident occurred while the young priest was returning home after celebrating Holy Mass at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Ogunmakin, an outstation of his parish. The attackers fired at his vehicle and the bullets hit his legs, making him lose a lot of blood and died in his car. His body was later deposited at the mortuary in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Lantoro, Abeokuta. Until his death, Fr. Adeleke was the Parish Priest of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Ijemo Fadipe in the Odeda Local Government of Ogun State. Rev. Fr. Luke Adeleke was born on 20th February 1983 (38 years) and ordained a Priest on 21st of January 2017 for the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta.Meanwhile, the National Director of Social Communications, Very Rev. Fr. Michael Nsikak Umoh offers his condolences to the Bishop, Priests, Religious and Lay faithful of the Diocese of Abeokuta over the painful loss. Fr. Umoh calls on all to kindly offer Masses and prayers for the repose of Fr. Luke Adeleke’s soul even as they celebrate.