In the wee hours of today, Sunday the 6th of August, some armed men interrupted an ongoing service at St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Anambra state and killed not less than 15 people.
It is indeed a very sad and sorrowful day for residents of Ozubulu, Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra. Most of the worshippers of St. Philips Church who attended the early morning mass of 5:45 am unfortunately met their unexpected end.
According to an eyewitness, unknown gunmen stormed the church and aimed at a particular target; an unidentified man and shot him to death.
The hooligans went on to take the lives of other innocent worshippers numbering up to 15 and got several others badly injured. While victims were being taken to the hospital, many others couldn’t survive the ordeal as they gave up the ghost on their way to Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi. A close source however affirmed that the head priest wasn’t harmed in any way.
Priests of St. Philips being interviewed.
Mr Garba Umar, the Anambra Commissioner of Police confirmed the sad incidence earlier today. He however believes the unlawful act was carried out by natives of the land, contrary to stories going round that the attack was carried out by Boko Haram members.
His words; “From our findings, it is very clear that the people who carried out the attack must be indigenes of the area as they were heard conversing in strong Igbo dialect.
We gathered that worshippers for 6 o’clock Sunday mass at St. Philip Ozobulu were in the service when some gunmen dressed in black attire covering their faces with caps entered the church and moved straight to a particular direction and opened fire.
The men, after shooting at their targeted victims still went on a shooting spree, killing and wounding other worshippers.”
Promising that the Police have their hands on deck concerning the incidence, Mr Umar said that the Police force also gathered that the attack came about as a result of a quarrel that ensued between natives of Ozubulu who are based overseas over money laundering and likes.
He concluded by describing the act as sacrilegious and unlawful and promised that those behind the attack would face the law soon as the police force has launched a manhunt after the perpetrators already.