The preacher popularly known as Nnamani was sent to his early grave after a group of armed men attacked him for daring to tell them to stop their ungodly acts.

The village hooligans had earlier threatened to deal with the preacher for disturbing them with messages about repentance.

Nnamani, however, ignored their threats and went about with his preaching.

Angered by the preacher's refusal to stop, it was gathered that the gangsters on Friday dragged the preacher to a bush near the back of a primary school, where they killed him and hid his corpse.

The incident happened in Ife, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

The Village Head identified as Saturday Isemin, who confirmed the incident, said Nnamani was strangled to death.

“People saw some of those hooligans drag the preacher in the night to a bush where they killed him and hid his corpse. Since that time, nobody has said anything about the killing of the innocent man.

“His offence was that he used to disturb them with his preaching. They said that he would be going around asking people to give their lives to Christ,” he said.

Police authorities have been contacted and his corpse deposited at a mortuary. A man hunt for the suspected killers has begun while an autopsy will be conducted.