Today, a shooting incident killed many church worshippers as unknown heavily armed gunmen invaded St. Philip Catholic Church Amakwa Ozobulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.

According to reports, the gun men shot at worshippers during an early morning mass in the church killing some people while several others sustained injuries.

The deceased and Injured victims have been taken to the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in Nnewi.

Preliminary investigations by the police is suggesting that the attack by gunmen at the St Phillips Catholic Church in Ozubulu in Anambra state yesterday August 6th, was due to a failed drug business.

A man identified by his alias, Bishop, and one of his brothers in the community known as Obrocho, both based in South Africa, were reportedly drug barons.

The fight between the men bean after a business deal failed and both men stärted accusing each other of cheating.

The feud from the failed business culminated in one of the men sending assassins to kill Bishop who was reportedly in Nigeria on a visit.

However, when the assassin and his gang members arrived Bishop’s home, they did not meet him at home, so they went in search of his Father, Chief Akunwafor Ikegwuonwu, who was at the church for the morning mass.

They shot him dead as well as other church members.

The state police commissioner, Garba Umar, has dismissed allegations that Boko Haram members were behind the attack.

Umar told newsmen yesterday that the church members say the gunmen spoke Igbo during the attack.

Eleven people have so far been confirmed dead in the attack.

One of the survivors of the brutal attack on worshippers at St. St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra on Sunday morning, painted a picture of untold horror.

Speaking to Daily Sun, Mr. Ohamadike Stephen, who refused to have his photo taken, narrated how terrified congregants scampered for safety as the gunmen went on shooting spree.

“We were in the church and I was to handle the second reading. As the first reading was still on, I heard a sound like a thunder.

I dived under a long form in the church auditorium and from there raised up my head a bit and saw a young man with a fez cap shooting and people ran in all directions for safety in confusion.

“I remained where I was and that was around 5:45am. The Parish Priest removed his cassock and hid at the altar while the gunmen continued in the shooting spree.”

“When they had left, I helped in evacuating the wounded and casualties to the NAUTH, Nnewi,” he said.


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