Anambra church shooting linked to indigenes living abroad, Governor says; visits scene

St. Philip's Catholic Church, Umuezekwe Ofufe Amakwa Community of Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra on Sunday (6/8/17). where an unknown gunman killed 11 persons and injured 18 others.

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St. Philip's Catholic Church, Umuezekwe Ofufe Amakwa Community of Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra on Sunday (6/8/17). where an unknown gunman killed 11 persons and injured 18 others. 04073/6/8/2017/NAN-ENUGU/JAU/NAN

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra has vowed not to rest until the perpetrators of Sunday’s killings at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, near Nnewi, which claimed at least eight lives and injured 18 persons are brought to justice.

Mr. Obiano made the vow when he visited the scene of the killings in company of the Commissioner of Police in the state, Garba Umar.

The governor expressed grief over the death of the worshippers, describing the attack as “barbaric, sacrilegious and totally unacceptable”, while also debunking speculations of possible invasion.

According to him, intelligence report linked the shooting to an existing feud existing between some members of Umuezekwe Ofufe Amakwa community of Ozubulu living abroad.

“It is an isolated case and I urge worshippers in the Church and residents of the area to go about their normal activities.”

Mr. Obiano assured the community that his administration was on top of the situation and later visited the injured persons receiving treatment at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi.

He promised that the state government would pay the hospital bills of the victims.

He also said that 50 doctors had been mobilised to the hospital to assist in providing the best medical care to the injured persons.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor also visited Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Cathedral, Nnewi, where he addressed a congregation of worshippers.

He intimated the worshippers on the true picture of the incident, saying there was nothing to worry about.

Earlier, the Parish Priest of St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Jude Onwuaso, said that the attack took place at about 6.30 a.m. during a Holy Mass celebration.

According to the priest, an unidentified man came into the Church, shot at a man, Akunwafor Ikegwuonwu, before shooting sporadically at other worshippers.

A witness, who simply identified herself as a choir member, said that the church was dark as there was no light.

She said that the generating set suddenly developed fault; so, the mass proceeded with the congregation using candles.

According to her, the gunman, after the shooting, immediately jumped into a waiting car with a driver.

The Police Commissioner had earlier confirmed eight people dead and 18 others injured in the attack.

The attack has left the community in state of shock and mourning.

Some residents and people of Anambra have since condemned the killing.

The residents, in separate interviews with NAN in Awka, described the attack as “heinous, unjustifiable and totally unwarranted”.

Osita Chidoka, a former Minister of Aviation, said he was saddened by the incident.

Mr. Chidoka decried the desecration of the temple of God, adding that nobody attacked anyone in the church even during war times.

“This is tragic; the church is a place of refuge to anyone who runs into it, and this wicked, barbaric and mindless bloodletting, shows that something has gone wrong on our psyche.

“My heart goes to the bereaved at this moment of pain. I pray that God grants the soul of the departed eternal rest as I urge the security agents to fish out the perpetrators and make them face the law,” he said.

On his part, Oseloka Obaze, a former Secretary to Anambra Government, said such callous attacks dehumanised the society.

“Our heart goes to the family and parishioners of St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, where unidentified gunmen reportedly killed several church members and wounded several others early today.

‘’Such violent incidents dehumanise our society.”

In his reaction, Victor Oye, the National Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, said that no amount of provocation could justify the killing of innocent people who had gone to worship in a Church.

Mr. Oye, who described the attack as wicked, urged the security agencies to unravel those responsible for the dastardly act.

“As a political leader, I totally condemn the Ozubulu Church shooting as dastardly, unjustifiable and callous.

“Nobody has the right to kill innocent citizens. The Police and other relevant security agencies should ensure that the perpetrators of this crime are caught and made to face justice,” he said.

Jude Emecheta, who hails from Ozubulu, told NAN that “a dark cloud has befallen my peaceful town”.

Mr. Emecheta, who is the Managing Director of Anambra Signage and Advertisement Agency, ANSAA, said that the losses from the attack were too much for the people to bear.

He wondered why brothers could visit such attack on their people and urged those involved to “sheathe their swords”.

(NAN)


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  • The Vulture – King of Offal

    God is Wicked – There is no heavenly reason for this!

  • Lakeside

    Igbo on Igbo violence. i don’t know what to say.

    • Julius

      Lmaooooo, like black on back ..you are funny bro.

  • aboki

    Indeed very sad .
    Very barbaric act and should be condemned by all and sundry.
    It’s puzzled and raised alot of questions than answers.
    Violence and killing of innocent souls of this type has no geography or boundary.
    With United forces it can be tackled as we are all proned to these acts sentiments asides.

  • Julius

    Let’s see what emperor kanu will say and do about this. Oh wait, na Buhari fault. Case solved !

  • Fatai Fehintola

    So sad may the souls of the dead rest in peace; I salute Obiano whose style of leadership continues to impress me!

  • Lies – Lies – And more Lies

    Caused by Indigents living abroad? This is a green lie. Big lie. Which abroad? The country has no name? The so called indigenes have no name? Haba Obiano? Commissioner Umar has removed your sense? This case will be exactly like the case of all the suicide bombers in Nigeria
    FIRST NAME — Female
    OTHER NAME — Suicide
    SURNAME —— Bombers



    So we now have in Anambra state
    FIRST NAME —- Indigents
    OTHER NAME —- Living
    SURNAME ——- Abroad

    • Sam

      With time all the information will be unravelled. That is the global best practice. You must ensure you are 101 percent sure of your facts before naming any suspects other you may be liable to claims for damages .etc

  • Adams

    Clearly the Gov is been remotely controlled from Abuja. He must act accordingly to guarantee his Pension. The million dollar Pensions these Govs get is why they tell us Nigeria must remain one…and their children study abroad, they receive treatment aboroad, etc yet they tell us Nigeria is good and things are getting better. God punish all of you politicians and Governors who earn 700 million Naira in 6 years as pensions. May you all rot in hell.

    • tundemash

      Mor0n, is it Abuja that pays governors of states pension? Ignoramus dey spread ignorance !

  • Wale

    I think say na only Bokos dey kill kill Christians; So, Biafrans don dey kill Biafran christains inside church.
    Hail Biafra.
    Oktoberfest.

    • marcos avelino

      Who tell you cristian no de kill cristian – cristian hutus killed 800,000 cristian tutsis in ruwanda and cristian germans killed 40,000,000 ( 40 m ) cristian europeans and another 6,000,000 ( 6 m ) jews. No one has killed more people in this world likes cristians

      • Wale

        Ok I agreed with you, but most importantly, you missed my point.
        Tutsis and Hutus are not the same tribe.
        Christian Germans and Christian Europeans are not of same nationalities.
        Christian Germans and German Jews are not of same Religion.

        Got it?

  • TDaniels2

    The perpetrators must be fished out dead or alive. It is the most despicable act ever, and it should not go unpunished.

  • Arc_Deji_Alabi

    This is very very sad and depressing. May the good Lord comfort those that lost their lived ones.

  • fdee nice

    If Biafrans living abroad can come to Anambra state, Nigeria to settle their scores by violently killing themselves inside their churches, before their October 1 2017 date quit notice from northern Nigeria, then Nnamdi KANU must be wasting his time in Nigeria trying to mobilise them in Nigeria. He should continue with them outside Nigeria. Real Nigerians are non violent religious people.

  • Dan arewa

    We said that numerous times there is something wrong with the Igbo psyche

  • Dan arewa

    The Igbos should migrate to their mother land as per Kanu they are Jews so please I beg una relocate to ISREAL.

    • cocotee

      Dan, this is all you have to say, where people lost their life’s and families, anyway if what you said is good before God, may you live long and be bless in any thing you do.

  • Gabriel Ominyi

    The governor said it is an isolated case. Nobody has been arrested. Where were all the security men and women? We have police, navy, army, civil defence and lately another paramilitary but they were nowhere to be found. For all you know some of the security personnel may even be security details of the criminals in the middle of the carnage. Our country is a joke.

  • George

    I suspected Mallams they are evil and wicked as we all can see in half dead Buhari actions towards the whole country. His wife Aisha the girl he married as under age calling people who worked for her confused husband to entered ASO ROCK after several failures jaskals and Hyenas prove what I am saying.

    God will punish Buhari household forever and all these bloods will surely speak against him before God Almighty.

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  • Otunba 1

    There is no justification, neither will there be forgiveness by God for anybody who carries out vengeance/assassinations in the Temple of God, unless those places are not truly the House of God!

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    May God grant the souls of the departed ones peaceful repose and their loved ones, the strength and fortitude to bear with the pain of their passing.

    Mr. Governor, please impress it upon the Police to seek the expatriation of the those remotely suspected of being behind this attack. They have no right to seek solace in safety whilst unleashing carnage on their own homeland.