Anambra Governor, Willie Obiano, has vowed not to rest until those behind Sunday’s killings at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, which claimed at least 11 lives and injured scores, are brought to justice.
Obiano made the vow when he visited the scene of the killings in company of the Commissioner of Police in the state, Garba Umar.
The governor expressed grief over the death of the worshippers, describing the attack as “barbaric, sacrilegious and totally unacceptable”, while also debunking speculations of possible invasion.
According to him, intelligence report linked the shooting to an existing feud existing between some members of Umuezekwe Ofufe Amakwa community of Ozubulu living abroad.
“It is an isolated case and i urge worshippers in the church and residents of the area to go about their normal activities.”
Obiano assured the community that his administration was on top of the situation and later visited the injured persons receiving treatment at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Univerity Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi.
He promised that the state government would pay the hospital bills of the victims adding that 50 doctors have been mobilised to assist in providing the best medical care to the injured persons.
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.
According to the priest, an unidentified man came into the church, shot at a man, Akunwafor Ikegwuonwu, before shooting sporadically at other worshippers.