- How 20 worshippers were killed in side a church in Anambra state
It was shock and disbelief as no fewer than 50 worshippers wer massacred in a church in Ozubulu, Anambra State in the south east of Nigeria.
Witnesses told newsreportersng.com that the gunmen stormed the church in the early hours just as the worshippers were seated in the church for the homily.
The witnesses said the unidentified gunmen had arrived the church in a Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) during a 5:45 am morning mass when the unsuspecting congregants were listening to a sermon.
All of a sudden, the witness who spoke on condition of anonymity said, three gunmen disembarked from the SUV and stationed themselves at the three main doors leading to the church auditorium as one of them immediately opened fire shooting the worshippers at a close range.
It was gathered that before the shooting started, the attackers had disconnected the generator supplying electricity to the church to make the place dark and make it impossible for victims to know the direction the attack was coming from.
The Commissioner of Police in charge of Anambra State Garba Umar visited the scene of the attack and
said that preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the attack was carried out by a native of the area.
He said: “From our findings, it is very clear that the person who carried the attack must be an indigene of the area.
“We gathered that worshippers for 6 o’clock Sunday mass at St. Philip Ozobulu were in the service when a gunman dressed in black attire covering his face with a cap entered the church and moved straight to a particular direction and opened fire.
“The man after shooting at his targeted victims still went on a shooting spree, killing and wounding other worshippers.”
The Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has described as sacrilege the attack on a church that resulted in the death of over 20 worshippers in the early hours of Sunday in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state.
During his visit to the scene of the incident, the governor who was visibly shocked at such callous act said it was chilling and sacrilege that worshippers at such alarming number would be killed inside a church.
He also told the crowd he addressed that a preliminary investigation into the matter has revealed that the incident is spillover of fracas between two brothers from Ozubulu resident outside the country.
From Ozubulu, Obiano also visited the emergency unit of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in the nearby city of Nnewi to see the victims, especially the wounded ones that are receiving medical attention at the hospital.
At the hospital, he thanked the team of medical personnel attending to the victims and assured that.
Some of the victims were brought to the emergency unit of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi while others including the dead were taken to other hospitals around Ozubulu.