No worship at St Philip’s Church until Police leave – Nnewi Diocese

No worship at St Philip’s Church until Police leave – Nnewi Diocese

Members of St Philip’s Catholic Church, Amakwa-Ozubulu, where a happy-trigger gunman opened fire during church service last Sunday, leading to the death of 13 worshippers and injuring of many others, may have to wait longer to use the church.

It was gathered that an alternative venue for next Sunday’s service was being looked for.

Stern-looking policemen were still guarding the church, yesterday, and it was gathered that they might not be leaving in the next few days.

This is even as the Ozubulu community in Ekwusigo Local Government Area Anambra State, yesterday, described the list of casualties of the attack as incomplete.

Director of Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, Rev Father Hyginus Aghaulo said that the diocese would not force the police out of the church because they were doing their work.

There are many aspects to the Ozubulu incident and because it is a criminal offence, we are not going to pressurize the police to leave the church without completing their work.

If the police remove the security gadgets mounted round the church, we will use it on Sunday; otherwise we will find an alternative place. There is no way we can muscle the police out of the church.

Fr Aghaulo added that the diocese also had to manage the aspect of the allegation by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, that the attack was masterminded by terrorists.

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