AFRICA/IVORY COAST - Alleged perpertrators of the murder of the secretary of the parish of Sainte Cécile have been arrested

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 local churches   violence  


Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) - "We want to thank the criminal police for the investigations and the speed with which they worked to clarify this case and above all for having arrested the alleged perpetrators", said Augustin Obrou, at the head of the social communications of the Archdiocese of Abidjan, on August 27, during the press conference convened following the arrest of the alleged perpetrators of the murder of Mrs Faustine Brou N’Guessan, secretary of the parish of Sainte-Cécile du Vallon in Abidjan, stabbed to death in her parish office.
The murder dates back to August 10th when the agonizing body was found in a pool of blood in her parish office (see Fides, 19/8/2019).
"Let there be full light on the murder of Faustine Brou N’Guessan. The Church is merciful, but mercy is carried out through justice", said Fr. Augustin Obrou immediately after the murder. A few days ago after a thorough investigation by the criminal police, the alleged murderer, Heiman Tchi Niamké Anderson was arrested along with three accomplices.
"The archdiocese of Abidjan thanks the criminal police for arresting the alleged murderer of the parish secretary, along with his three accomplices in such a short space of time", said Fr. Augustin who continues: "We are waiting for the conclusions. What we have is a partial result. It is necessary that the case is brought to trial and that the real culprits of the murder of Faustine Brou are found. We want to know who sent them, why they killed her and why they did it in Santa Cecilia and not somewhere else", suggesting that the killers are suspected of acting on someone's behalf.
Finally, Father Augustin Obrou stressed that security measures in the parishes have been strengthened. (S.S.) (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 28/8/2019)