Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, in the Ekwusigo Local Government Area
of Anambra State, during which no fewer than 11 worshipers were killed,
has attracted strong condemnation from Nigerians and groups.
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.
sons of the community, who were based in South Africa, had a business
transaction that went sour.
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.
correspondents that the gunmen identified a particular car parked on the
church premises and concluded that their target was in the church.
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.
rushed to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, while corpses
were taken to a “nearby mortuary.”
Awka on Sunday, said the police had a record of 11 deaths, while 18
persons were injured.
preliminary investigation showed that the incident was as a result of a
feud between two individuals from the same community living outside
Director of Communications for the Diocese, Rev. Hygi Aghaulor, said the
Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Jude Onwuaso, escaped unhurt.
make people open fire on innocent unarmed worshippers, including
children and women, on a Sunday morning?
totality. For the parishioners, we call on them not to be discouraged in
their practice of faith.”
bills of injured victims, adding that the government would find ways to
mitigate the pains of those who lost their beloved ones.
to an existing feud between some members of Umuezekwe Ofufe Amakwa
community living abroad.
reports that the governor also visited Our Lady of Assumption Catholic
Cathedral, Nnewi, where he addressed a congregation of worshippers.
the church, shot at a man, Chief Akunwafor Ikegwuonwu, before shooting
indiscriminately at other worshippers.”
Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President described
the incident as “an appalling crime against humanity and unspeakable
religion that does not lay constant emphasis on the sanctity of life,
adding that “all Nigerians must rise up and speak with one voice against
these remorseless evil men.”
speaking to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, in the course of
which he commiserated with him, the families of the victims and the
citizens of the state,” the statement said.
Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, said killing of
the worshippers represented “the purest kind of evil.”
his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Uche Anichukwu, said the attack was
“beastly and sacrilegious.”
brings to the fore, once again, the need to reengineer our security
system, to arrest the rising wave of violent crimes in the country.”
Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara said,
“Have we lost our humanity? Where is the place of sanctity of life and
sacredness of worship places in our society? What offence did the
worshippers commit to warrant their massacre by wicked souls and
overhaul of Nigeria’s policing architecture that would lead to reform of
the police force, adding that equipping the police with modern gadgets
would allow them to discharge their duties of protecting lives and
desecration of the temple of God, adding that the Church should be a
place of refuge and devoid of attacks even in war.
mindless bloodletting is not only wicked, but barbaric and must be
condemned by all good men of conscience.”
spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, described the invasion as barbaric and a
serious indication that “our society is fast degenerating into a state
of anomie with total moral collapse and utter disregard for the sanctity
of human life.”
moral rearmament by all and sundry, adding that it was a wake-up call
for the government to do more in the area of protection of lives and
National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, called on
security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators “of this heinous crime
are brought to justice.’’
displayed by the callous attackers who gunned down defenceless people
while they worshiped,” the statement added.
in Anambra, as well as other parts of the country to provide adequate
security in places of worship to forestall a repeat of “this unfortunate
of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, in a statement said a proper investigation
must be conducted to unravel the true cause of the carnage.
Governors Forum, condemn the killings recorded in the church, It shows
how wicked our generation is. I call on security agencies to unravel the
true cause of the carnage.”
the attack was unwarranted and urged security agencies to bring the
perpetrators to justice.
the Federal Government, through the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim
Idris, to address the issue of proliferation of arms and ammunition to
make our world safer.
Daniel Kadzai, in a statement, said, “This attack was made possible as a
result of what we consider a deliberate shirking of responsibilities by
the state security agencies.
this terrorist-style crime within the next 48 hours. If the state
security apparatuses do not stand up to this challenge, YOWICAN will
have no choice but to take up this matter using a much strenuous
place of refuge to anyone who runs into it. This attack shows that
something has gone wrong on our psyche.”
National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, said that no
amount of provocation could justify the killing of innocent people in a
of Anambra Signage and Advertisement Agency, said, “There was
pandemonium and in the midst of the confusion, I just lay down on the
floor. The officiating priest and the Mass servers quickly left the
altar and the Mass came to an abrupt end.
of the faithful had just assembled at the altar. Suddenly, I saw
someone who put on a cap shooting indiscriminately inside the church. I
counted 11 dead people and many were wounded.”