Suspects in Anambra Church killings ‘arrested’ — Police

St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu
St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu

The Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Garba Umar, has said that some suspects have been arrested in connection with Sunday’s killings at St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, in the state.

Mr. Umar told journalists on Monday that the number of arrest would not be disclosed so as not to jeopardise ongoing investigation into the massacre of 11 persons by unknown gunmen.

The gunmen attacked the church while Mass was going on. Apart from the dead, 18 others were hospitalised for gunshot injuries.

The commissioner had on Sunday said the attack was an isolated case of feud between two individuals from the same community, adding that the police had contacted some persons who would be useful in the investigation.

Separately, the federal government has promised to unmask and deal decisively with the attackers.

The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the pledge in a statement signed by the Director Press in the Ministry, Willie Bassey, on Monday in Abuja.

‎‎The minister condemned “in strongest terms” the killings and assured that all hands will be on deck to bring the perpetrators to justice.

‎Mr. Dambazau commiserated with Gov. Willie Obiano, the Ozubulu community, families who lost their loved ones, the injured, and the entire people of Anambra.

He described the incident as a wicked and cowardly act which the police‎ and other security agencies were working hard to unravel.

Meanwhile, Ikenna Ofodeme, Transition Committee Chairman of Ekwusigo Council, has said that his people were still in shock after the gun attack at the Ozubulu.

Ofodeme told newsmen on Monday in Awka that the trauma among the resident was because the tragedy was not expected as such gruesome attack had never happened in the South-East.

“It was a black Sunday for us; we are still in shock because it has never happened in the South-East. We hear of this type of attack from other parts of the world but it’s sad that it happened in my constituency,” he said.

He disclosed that he had been part of the rescue operations, adding that 40 worshipers were affected, out of whom 12 persons had died.

The chairman said the dead were nine women, a baby girl and two men.

One of the survivors of the attack, Samuel Ndulue, who got gunshot wounds, was full of thanks to God for sparing his life.

At the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, where he is receiving treatment, he said he was gradually coming to terms with what struck him and others.

(NAN)


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  • RHODA

    You have to get to the bottom of this and bring the culprits to Justice. My thoughts are with the injured. To the dead,RIP.

  • George

    wHY NOT USE same velocity to locate the Hausa Fulani who has been killing in Enugu and its environments

    • Julius

      Moron, so this should be put on hold till the other crimes are solved ..right ?

  • Dan

    …and Nigerian Police NEVER identifies Suicide Bombers and/or name them? Honestly the evil and demonic style of leadership of the Nigerian state is frightening. How come the police can investigate this shooting and come up with suspects within 24 hrs…but when Norther terrorists attack Churches in Kano, Kogi, Abuja, Jos etc no one is ever arrested. Why? The country cannot continue as one. impossible.

  • Excisionist

    This bears all the hallmarks of atrocity by Fulani herdsmen. Igbos don’t attack churches. In the south East, South-south, South-West no one attacks worshipers in churches or anywhere. This is Fulani culture. I suspect that the terrorist Danbazau knows something about this along with Fulani Commissioner of Police in Anambra. They should bring out the herdsmen who did this instead of pointing dirty fingers elsewhere. Has Danbazau ever arrested any Fulani herdsman all these years while they pillaged and destroyed in every part of the country. Crocodile tears are not enough. Arrest the herdsmen

    • Moses Stone

      Go and arrest them na. Quack-head

    • Julius

      There you go. I knew this was coming…finger pointing and blaming others. This is one of the reasons that stuff like this happens in Nigeria because we refused to be truthful and deal with the issues without blaming someone else. Taking responsibility starts from home. Nonsense !

  • Peace Forall

    Our people should be very careful with this hausa-fulani commissioner of Police, Garba Umar. Our people should not allow this northern terrorist in police uniform to arrest our innocent friends and brothers in the name of arresting suspects. This hausa-fulani commissioner of Police, Garba Umar knows the group of his hausa-fulani terrorist kinsmen that killed our people in their worship place. This hausa-fulani commissioner of Police started covering of his terrorist fulani kinsmen by telling the public that those that do the shooting are speaking Igbo, the question is how did he came to such rapid conclusion as there is no CCTV in the church and what the witness at the church are testifying is different from the report of the terrorist commisioner of police. Until Biafra is restored this hausa-fulani terrorist and their beastly behaviours will not stop but rather will intensify. The earlier we go our separate ways the better for all. Mean while there will be no election come 18th novermber and in all Biafra land.