The people of Amakwa village, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, are still in shock and sad over the evil incident that occurred on Sunday at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, as reported by Vanguard.
Many residents narrates their experiences, during the attack at the church, hundreds and thousands of people from various parts of the country, indigenes from the village whose relations worship at the church regularly. They came to know, the true situation of things.
Also Police Authorities in Abuja, yesterday, confirmed that three persons has been arrested in connection with the attack, the Governor Willie Obiano dismissed insinuations that it was a terror attack against the church.
However, ” The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency; [NDLEA], stated it was already linking up with international collaborators and respective countries, with a view to establishing the veracity of the drug activities related with the bloody massacre.
How I lost my relatives.
Mr Joel Obunadike, was among those who spoke with Vanguard, yesterday, he lost his uncle, his brother’s wife and a baby. He narrated, they were facing the alter when the gun man shot them from behind and the bullet caught them where they were sitting.
Joel said, the deceased sustained injuries and died later at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi.
He added that his brother, whose wife and child were killed, had not returned home. It was gathered that the baby was taken to the theater for operation, yesterday, where she later died.
Joel said: “We were in the middle of the service which I noticed that a black jeep was parked outside. The car later moved from the spot and turned back a few minutes later and parked at the same spot.
” A young man came into the church through the back door of the church and started shooting, while backing the alter. Many people tried to escape through the two doors and to our surprise, the gunman started shooting at them on both doors. It was a terrible thing.
” I did not rush out like others immediately and it was most of the people who tried to escape that were either killed or wounded.
A nurse in charge of the Emergency unit of NAUTH said, yesterday, that six of the injured persons admitted on Sunday had been transferred to the hospital’s outpost at Oba, while the remaining 22 were recuperating at Nnewi.
Our Ordeal another victim.
Also Charles Justice, who brought his wounded friends to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital in Nnewi, said the incident happened after the homily at 6am mass.
” Those who died are mostly children and the elderly, I know about three children who were below five year that died in the shooting, “Said Justice.
He said three of the victims had died at the hospital, a claim corroborated by a medical doctor who did not want to be named.
Nonse Nwakibe thanked God as his mother, Antonia, laid groaning from the pains of the bullet wounds on her arms.
Ogochukwu Maduka, a Lay Reader at the church, who sat in the front row at the time of the attack, said she had arrived for the Mass and found the church in darkness.
” After much effort to get the generator to work failed, they had resort to using candles and rechargeable lamps.
” The holy mass had proceeded as usual, after the first, second and gospel reading, and then the priest’s homily, as we stood up for the proclamation of faith, there was a sound of gun like thunder from behind.
” There was chaos, panic and confusion. The priest ran away as the gun shots continued and I took cover under the seat.
” When people started running around, the man began shooting upwards. Those mostly affected were those at the back of the church,”
Maduka added that she counted about 15 corpses after ward.