Ex-minister, APGA, others condemn killings
Condemnations yesterday trailed the early morning killing of worshippers at St. Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu community.
Residents, in separate interviews with our reporter and the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), described the attack as “heinous, unjustifiable and totally unwarranted”.
A community leader, Sir Jude Emecheta, said such a thing had never happened in the area. He described it as “unfortunate”, adding that ”a dark cloud has befallen my peaceful town”.
Emecheta, who is the Managing Director of Anambra Signage and Advertisement Agency (ANSAA), said that the losses from the attack were too much for the people to bear.
He wondered why brothers could visit such an attack on their people and urged those involved to ‘’sheathe their swords”.
Former Minister of Aviation Osita Chidoka, who is a governoship aspirant, said he was saddened by the incident.
Chidoka decried the desecration of the temple of God, adding that nobody attacked anyone in the church even during war times.
“This is tragic. The church is a place of refuge to anyone who runs into it, and this wicked, barbaric and mindless bloodletting shows that something has gone wrong on our psyche.
“My heart goes to the bereaved at this moment of pain. I pray that God grants the soul of the departed eternal rest as I urge the security agents to fish out the perpetrators and make them face the law,” he said.
A former Secretary to the state Government, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, said such callous attacks dehumanised the society.
“Our heart goes to the family and parishioners of St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu…
‘’Such violent incidents dehumanise our society.”
All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) National Chairman Victor Oye said that no amount of provocation could justify the killing of innocent people who had gone to worship in a church.
Oye, who described the attack as “wicked”, urged the security agencies to unravel those responsible for the dastardly act.
“As a political leader, I totally condemn the Ozubulu church shooting as dastardly, unjustifiable and callous.
“Nobody has the right to kill innocent citizens. The Police and other relevant security agencies should ensure that the perpetrators of this crime are caught and made to face justice,” Oye said.