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7 Aug 2017

Sad Sad !!! Read Full Story Of How Gunmen killed 11 People In Anambra Church

11 persons have been confirmed dead at the attack by some gunmen on St. Philips
Catholic Church, Ozubulu, in the Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State
on Sunday.


President Muhammadu Buhari, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; the
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Yakubu Dogara, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of
Delta State; the All Progressives Congress;
the Peoples Democratic Party; and the South-East Governors' Forum said the act
was sacrilegious, calling for prompt action
to bring the culprits to book.
The gunmen attacked St. Philips Catholic Church at about 6am.


No fewer than 11 persons were said to have been killed, while over 18 people
were reportedly injured.


it was gathered that two sons of the community, who were based in South Africa, had a business transaction that went sour.


One of them was said to have built two churches for the community, including the
one that was attacked on Sunday.


A police source said about six gunmen came to the church, while one entered into
the building.

He said, "We received reports that over 30 Ozubulu indigenes based in South Africa
had been killed over a disagreement between a man, identified as bishop , and
his fellow Ozobulu indigene. It was said
that the feud concerned a failed business deal.


"We understand that some gunmen had
been after bishop and his men in South
Africa and about seven of bishop's men had
been killed.
"At about 6am this morning (Sunday),
some men invaded St. Philip Catholic
Church.
"As of 9am, 11 persons were already dead,
including the father of the man that
allegedly built the church.
"The men killed the father since the son is
elusive."
Another source said that the gunmen
identified a particular car parked on the
church premises and concluded that their
target was in the church.
"They arrived at the church during the first
mass and one of them went inside; he
started shooting towards the direction he
believed the father was seated. He shot
indiscriminately and many bullets hit
innocent members of the congregation. He
also hit their target – bishop' s father.
"No fewer than 18 worshippers were
injured; and I am sure that about 11
persons were killed."
He said the injured worshippers were
rushed to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching
Hospital, Nnewi, while corpses were taken
to a "nearby mortuary."
He said the six gunmen left the church
unchallenged.
The Commissioner of Police in the state,
Mr. Garba Umar, said the command would
bring the attackers to justice.
Umar, who spoke at a news conference in
Awka on Sunday, said the police had a
record of 11 deaths, while 18 persons were
injured.
He ruled out the possibility of a terror
attack, adding that the command had
invited some suspects.
He said, "The intelligence report and
preliminary investigation showed that the
incident was as a result of a feud between
two individuals from the same community
living outside Nigeria.
"One of the individuals built the church
where the shooting occurred; it is not a
terrorist attack."
The Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, Anambra
State, said the attack was regrettable.
The church in a statement by the Director
of Communications for the Diocese, Rev.
Hygi Aghaulor, said the Parish Priest, Rev.
Fr. Jude Onwuaso, escaped unhurt.
It read in part, "What on earth would make
people open fire on innocent unarmed
worshippers, including children and
women, on a Sunday morning?
"We condemn this ungodly act in its
totality. For the parishioners, we call on
them not to be discouraged in their
practice of faith."
The Anambra State governor, who visited
the church, described the act as a sacrilege
and unacceptable.
Obiano promised to offset the medical bills
of injured victims, adding that the
government would find ways to mitigate
the pains of those who lost their beloved
ones.
He said, "The Anambra State will not rest
until the perpetrators of the killings are
brought to justice.
"Intelligence report linked the shooting to
an existing feud between some members of
Umuezekwe Ofufe Amakwa community
living abroad.
"It is an isolated case and I urge residents
to go about their normal activities."
He also said 50 doctors had been mobilised
to the hospital to assist in providing
medical care.
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.
The Parish Priest of St. Philip's Catholic
Church, Rev. Fr. Jude Onwuaso, told NAN
that the attack took place at about 6.30am.
He said, "An unidentified man came into
the church, shot at a man, Chief Akunwafor
Ikegwuonwu, before shooting
indiscriminately at other worshippers."

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