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Ozubulu tragedy: We are heading to anarchy – NUJ

The massacre of scores of worshippers at Saint Philip’s Catholic church Ozubulu in Anambra State Sunday morning further raises concern over Nigeria’s gradual drift to anarchy. The Police in Anambra State confirm that the attack was carried out by a lone gunman who killed 8 and wounded 18 others. There are however conflicting reports of the attack and casualty from the affected community.

The church in Ozubulu where the tragedy struck
The church in Ozubulu where the tragedy struck

National Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Shuaibu Usman Leman, issued a statement from Abuja where he said, “although, there was no immediate confirmation of the reason behind this despicable cowardly act allegedly by a lone wolf, the attack is unequivocally detestable and must be addressed with all the seriousness it deserves and swiftly too.

He added, “Nigeria Union of Journalists shares the grief of the Catholic Church and wishes to condole with the government and people of Anambra state as well as the families of the deceased over the unfortunate incident. The attack was unwarranted, unprovoked and needless. It can only be described as the handiwork of an emotionally hardened person or individual of unstable mind.

The NUJ is thus upset over this tragedy that befell Ozubulu people and notes that the level of insecurity of life and property in the country keeps rising with no reasonable solution in sight. This is a clear sign of danger to Nigeria’s democracy and to National Security, which requires the cooperation of all Nigerians to contain. It is pertinent to call on the Nation’s security apparatus to rise up to its billing to arrest this dangerous trend or risk pushing the Nation into self-destruct.

However, the police commissioner of the state confirmed that the mayhem in Ozubulu was drug crime related.

A Police statement on the St Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, the state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Umar warned that the command will leave no stone unturned in fishing out the shooter at St Philip’s Catholic Church Amakwa Ozubul.

An unknown gunman on Sunday, 6th August 2017 entered the church, while the mass was going on and shot at worshipers. Following a distress call, men of the police force rushed there.

The hospital authority has confirmed 8 persons dead and 18 injured. The command assures Ndi Anambra that the police is on top of the situation and will fish out the perpetrators soon.

Intelligence report/Preliminary investigation proved that it is a fight between the two sons of the community living outside Nigeria that caused the incident, because one of them built the church where the incident happened. It is sacrilegious but for now, is still premature to disclose the identities, we will brief the public after investigation is concluded.

Commissioner Umar commiserates with all those who lost their loved ones in the act and pledges that the command would not rest on its oars until the perpetrator is brought to book.

However, citizens are advised to be vigilant and report suspicions movements and actions in their locality.

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