Armed assailants on Sunday invaded St. Philip Catholic Church Amakwa Ozobulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State and opened fire on worshippers during mass.
The rampaging gun men shot at worshippers during an early morning mass in the church killing 8 while 18 other persons sustained various degrees of injuries, police said in a statement.
Wode Nkeiruka, PPRO Anambra State Police Command said their preliminary investigation shows “that it is a fight between the two sons of the community living outside Nigeria that caused the incident,because one of them built the church which the incident happened.”
Below is the full statement of the police:
The state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Umar has warned that the command will leave no stone unturned in fishing out the shooters at St Philip’s Catholic Church Amakwa Ozubul.
Unknown gunmen had today Sunday, 6th August 2017 entered the church, while the mass was going on and shot at worshipers.
Following a distress call, men of the police force rushed there and are presently rescuing the worshippers.
The hospital authority has confirmed 8 persons dead,and 18 injured. The command assures ndi Anambra that the police is on top of the situation and will fish out the perpetrators soon.
Intelligence report/Preliminary investigation proved that it is a fight between the two sons of the community living outside Nigeria that caused the incident,because one of them built the church which the incident happened. It is sacrilegious but for now,is still premature to disclose the identities, we will brief the public after investigation is concluded.
Commissioner Umar commiserates with all those who lost their loved ones the act and pledges that the command would not rest on its oars until perpetrators are brought to book.
However, citizens are advised to be vigilant and report suspicions movements and actions in their locality.
Asp NWODE NKEIRUKA
PPRO ANAMBRA STATE POLICE COMMAND