APC Condemn Anambra Church Killings


The All Progressives Congress (APC) commiserated with the Catholic Church                     in Nigeria, the government and people of Anambra State over the attack on                     St. Phillips Catholic

Church in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, which led to                     the death of scores of worshipers.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi in a statement                    released in Abuja on Sundayevening, condemned the barbarism displayed                      by the callous attackers who gunned down defenseless people while they             worshiped.

The Party further called on security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators                    of this heinous crime are promptly apprehended and brought to justice,                            it also called on security agents in Anambra as well as other parts of the                 country to provide adequate security in places of worship to forestall a repeat                   of this unfortunate incident.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Garba Umar, had promised not to                   leave any stone unturned to bring the attackers to justice during a news               conference in Awka, where he gave the updated figures of casualties as 11                   dead and 18 injured.

He ruled out the possibility of a terror attack, and spoke about an isolated                     feud between individuals in the community.He said that the command had                 invited some suspects who would be useful to the investigation.

“At about 6.30 a.m. today, Aug. 6, I got a distress call that gunmen had                   invaded and shot at worshippers at St. Philips Catholic Church, Umuezekwe,               Ofufe, Amakwa Village in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Located Government Area.

“As a result I, the Commissioner of Police, led my operatives immediately                         to the scene to rescue worshippers. “The command, under my watch,                            will leave no stone unturned in locating and prosecuting those behind                           the massacre of innocent worshippers.

“The intelligence report and preliminary investigation showed that the incident               was as a result of a feud between two individuals from the same community               living outside Nigeria.

“One of the individuals built the church where the shooting occurred; it is                definitely not a terrorist attack in the mould of Boko Haram or Fulani                    herdsmen attack.

“The command will brief the public after investigation is concluded; I                 commiserate with all those who lost their loved ones in this unfortunate                 incident.

“I also encourage ‘ndi’ Anambra to be vigilant and to promptly report                     suspicious movements or strange observation of persons and actions in                       their localities to the security agencies.’’ Umar said.