Anambra Shooting: Gov Obiano reveals identity of the gunmen

07 August, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Irene Delgado
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A pro-democracy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has condemned the early Morning massacre of scores of worshippers at the Saint Philips Catholic church, Ozubulu in Anambra state by armed freelance attackers.

However, Witnesses said five gunmen in masks stormed the church and opened fire on worshippers.

Ilouno, who is also the traditional ruler of Ifitedunu community, called on law enforcement agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

Twelve worshippers were shot dead at a church in southeast Nigeria on Sunday, with authorities suggesting the bloodshed was due to a local feud.

"My heart goes out to the families of the victims and the survivors of this awful massacre and the government and people of Anambra State".

The gunman who reportedly entered the church during the 6am mass, dressed in black, with a hood over his face, went straight to a particular worshipper and rained bullets on him.

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A witness, who simply identified herself as a choir member, said the gunman left immediately into a waiting vehicle with a driver.

Confirming the attack, Garba Umar, police chief in charge of the state told reporters that more details would be given after investigations, without revealing the exact number of people killed in the incident.

Earlier, the Parish Priest of St. Philip's Catholic Church, Jude Onwuaso, said that the attack took place at about 6.30 a.m. during a Holy Mass celebration.

"This is sacrilegious, totally unacceptable in Anambra State", Obiano said.

Obiano, who assured the community that his administration was on top of the situation, later visited the injured persons who are receiving treatment at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi.

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