How quarrel between two drug-war lords sent scores of Catholic worshippers to early grave
Some term it end-time era, others see it as evil. But whichever it turns out to be, nothing justifies mowing down innocent worshippers in the house of God..Read detail:
The scene is better watched as a movie acted by dastardly prone stars. No. It became sordid when the reality was that in the midst of blessing the Sacrament, on Sunday 6.30 am Mass, a staccato of gun shots rent the air.
The officiating priest at the St. Philip Catholic Church Ozubulu, the venue of the worst atrocity in the recent time, had initially ignore the stampede that ensued only to face the reality of seeing tens of his parishioners on the pool of their own blood.
At the clearing of the smoke oozed by the guns, less than 30 were feared dead, with more than 50 critically wounded and rushed to hospital.
Many had thought that the mask men came from a suspected area, until preliminary investigation pointed to a case of a feud between two brothers in dispute over land.
Hear an elder of Ozubulu, who requested that he be shielded:
” It is regrettable that a land case that we elders had tried to resolve could go this way, up to the point of creating such an urgly scene in a peace living community as ours.
“But even if government fails to do something to expose and bring the perpetrators of this evil to book, we the people if this community can not allow it to be covered.
” Our fear is that because of the forthcoming election in the state, the governor may not want to step on any toe, but we will not allow that to be.”
In his reaction, Ifeanyi Aniagoh, Senior Special Assistant, Social Media, to Governor Obiano put it like this:
“The Ozubulu community in Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra State were this morning thrown into mourning as a gun man walked into St Philip’s Catholic Church and started shooting sporadically, killing 11 and injuring 18 persons
“On hearing the sad development, Governor Obiano stormed the scene to ascertain the level of damage and sympathize with the people.
“Speaking at the Church premises, the governor revealed that preliminary security investigations show that the shooting was caused by a feud between two brothers from the community living outside Nigeria
“This is sacrilegious, totally unacceptable in Anambra State.” – Gov Obiano
“The deeply saddened governor asked the people to go about their businesses without fear or panic noting that this isolated case must be followed to the root and all perpetrators must be brought to book.
“We can’t allow this happen in Anambra, we must get everyone involved to face the music” the governor declared
“Gov Obiano also visited Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi where the injured are being treated.
“Thanking over 50 doctors who were on ground looking after the injured, the governor assured their families that all medical bills will be taken care of by the State Government.”