A catholic priest died on Sunday after he was accidentally shot in Edo State while handling his own pistol, state police said.
Rev. Father Peter Ayala who is the Parish Priest of St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church, Sobe, in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State was cleaning his gun on Sunday morning when it fired.
Edo State Police Public Relations, DSP Moses Eguavoen who confirmed the unfortunate incident said the police are still investigating it.
It was gathered that the incident took place in the early hours of Sunday before the Priest dressed up for the mass even as worshippers were said to be gathering for the service.
The incident, it was learnt, threw the church into confusion as mass servers and church elders made frantic efforts to
know what went wrong with congregation waiting for the mass to begin but found the priest lying dead in the pool of his own blood in his apartment.