Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of
Anambra State have recounted how they escaped the bloody incident. Many
said that it was God who saved them from the ordeal in this interview by
bed heavily bandaged after undergoing an operation on his two legs, said
that he was sitting on the third row when the shooting started.
saying the prayer of the faithful, the Parish Priest, Rev Father Jude
Onwuaso, asked us to stand up. Immediately we stood up, the gunman
started spraying bullets on the people. “I lay down under the pew and as
the gunman momentarily stopped firing, most people felt he had gone out
and they scampering into safety, he opened fire again.
“It was a miracle that I am still alive. I followed other people to run
when the shooting started but I fell in the middle of the church and
that was when the bullets hit me.”
could not explain what happened to her. According to her, she only found
herself in the hospital yesterday morning. Another victim, who did not
want his name mentioned, said the man beside him in the hospital just
died yesterday morning “but I didn’t know he was among us”.
shooting, Mr. Joel Obunadike, said the gunman shot them from behind. He
said that though they did not die on the spot, they gave up the ghosts
later at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi.
killed, was yet to return from a trip and did not yet know what
drove to the church gate and parked. Afterwards, the car moved away but
turned back before parking on the same spot.
started shooting indiscriminately while backing the altar. Many people
tried to escape through the two remaining doors but to our surprise, the
gunman opened fire in those directions.
those people that tried to escape through the two doors that were either
killed or wounded.”
Emergency Ward of NAUTH. Although the hospital management denied loss of
any victim since they were brought to the hospital, eight of the 20
victims in the hospital were in critical condition while the rest were
responding to treatment.
“I am tired of speaking to the press, I’ve spoken to so many of them
this morning, you can take him to the ward to see them and speak with
them if he wants to.”
of Anambra State, Mrs. Virgie Etiaba, who said she was there to
sympathise with the victims and thank God for saving them alive.
moved to the theatre for operation because most of them were still
carrying the bullets in their bodies. Meanwhile, relations and
sympathisers have continued to throng the Accident and Emergency Ward
under strict security surveillance.
of the country, especially neighbouring communities gathered to get a
first-hand glance of the holy place desecrated with bloodletting. Though
the land is still laden with grief of the unfortunate mishap, there
were feelers that it might not be the last as the drug war, which has
allegedly lasted for three years, has not ended.
Nigerian, who pleaded anonymity, said the war would have been settled if
Chief Alloysius Ikegwuonu popularly known as Bishop in South Africa had
followed the agreement on the deal to the letter.
would be hurt in the process. But I think this time, he got hooked. You
cannot take what belongs to you and other people to enrich yourself and
expect to go free. No. With time your sins will catch up with you.
masquerade dance. Honesty is required in every business if not the
person will not end well.
Chairman of Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Mr. Ikenna Ofodeme,
dismissed the insinuation that it was a quarrel between two Ozubulu
indigenes. The chairman said that he was compiling details of the
expose some bad people in the community. I pray this would be the last
we will hear of such thing again.” However, the state Commissioner
of Police, Mr. Garba Umar, said that some arrests had already been made
though he didn’t disclose the number of people arrested. He said that
the number was being kept away from the public in order not to
jeopardise the ongoing investigation.