Saraki, Ekweremadu Mourn Victims of Ozubulu Shooting
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, have expressed sadness over the killings at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday.
Bukola Saraki, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the shooting as “the purest kind of evil” and charged security services not to stop until the perpetrators are brought to justice.
“Today, my heart goes out to Nigeria’s Christian community, Governor Willy Obiano, the people of Anambra State and the families of the victims and the survivors of this terrible massacre,” he said.
“This brutal act of attacking innocent and unsuspecting worshippers represents the purest kind of evil. Our security forces must not stop until everyone involved in the orchestration and execution of today’s massacre in St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Anambra, are brought to book by the strong arm of justice.”
Similarly, Ekweremadu, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, said the killings were “beastly and sacrilegious.”
Describing the day as a black Sunday, he charged security agencies to do everything in their powers to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“I received with a deep grief the news of the blood-curdling killing at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, today. It is indeed a black Sunday and the act is most sacrilegious and condemnable,” the statement reads.
“My heartfelt condolences go to the government and good people of Anambra, especially the bereaved families and the Church. I also pray to God to grant the deceased a peaceful repose and the wounded a quick recovery.
“However, this dastardly act brings to the fore, once again, the need to reengineer our security system, especially our policing system to arrest the rising wave of violent crimes in the country.”
Meanwhile, governor of Anambra, Willie Obiano has dispelled rumours that the shooting was a terrorist attack. Obiano who rushed to the scene of the shooting explained that preliminary investigations indicated that the shooting was connected to a drug gang war between ‘two brothers’ which was brought back home possibly from South Africa.
At least 11 people were killed when a gunman broke into the church and started shooting indiscriminately.
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