Ozubulu Church Massacre: Drug Barons Responsible – Police

*11 persons dead, 18 others wounded

The tragedy which struck during an early morning mass in St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, in Anambra state has left 11 persons dead while 18 others sustained various degrees of injuries.

Masked gun men dressed in black attire, had at about 6 am Sunday mass, entered the church and opened fire on the worshipers.

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state who described the gun attack on St Philips Catholic church in Ozubulu as a sacrilege, dismissed suggestion that the incident was a church invasion.

While, the Anambra state commissioner of police, Garba Umar, confirmed that the gunmen who attacked the church were dressed in black attire and spoke fluent Igbo, Governor Obiano said two persons from Ozubulu who are known drug barons in South Africa are the prime suspects of the attack on St Philips Catholic church in Ozubulu.

The governor spoke shortly after he visited the scene of the attack in Ekwusigo local government area of the state.

He said from the briefing received from the police, it was revealed that the shooting was a reprisal attack by the drug barons who traced their victim to the church.

He also visited Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi to sympathise with the injured victims who were being treated at the medical facility.

The governor further proceeded to Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Cathedral, Nnewi, to calm parishioners over the already heightened rumor that churches were under attack.

The police in Anambra on Sunday, disclosed that preliminary investigations of the attack on St. Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area revealed that it was carried out by a native of the area.

According to the commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar, “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.”