The catechist identified as Oliver Vershima was said to have taken to his heels having been caught with the corpse of a woman.
A Catechist is on the run after his alleged lover died in his house.
The catechist from St. Martins Parish Mbape in Adikpo deanery, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue state has been identified as Oliver Vershima.
He was said to have taken to his heels having been caught with the corpse of a woman suspected to be his lover, according to Punch.
He was said to be planning to dispose of the lady’s body when he was caught but still escaped.
A native from the community who simply identified himself as Terhemba told journalists early hours of Tuesday that the incident happened last Saturday.
He said that the catechist who was assigned to work at St. Agustine Zone, Jov Mbahura with the name Oliver Vershima was caught with a lady’s dead body around 7 pm on Saturday.
“On questioning him, it was discovered that he (Oliver) had impregnated the lady and they tried to terminate the pregnancy but in the process, the lady lost her life early hours of the day (Saturday).
“To conceal this, the catechist hid the dead body inside his room until nightfall so he could take the body out of the village and possibly run away.
“Unfortunately for him, he was caught while trying to carry the body out of the village but he later escaped in the melee,” Terhemba said.
While stating that the identity of the lady was yet to be ascertained, Terhemba added that the lady came from a neighboring community.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer for the State Command, SP, Catherine Anene said that the corpse of the lady had been recovered and deposited at the hospital morgue.
Anene said, “Corpse of the said young girl who was said to have visited her man friend was recovered and taken to the mortuary after a report was received but the said Oliver is yet to be seen as he brought the corpse out of his room and ran away.
The PPRO said that the investigation was ongoing as the cause of death is yet unknown.