Anambra Shooting: Gov Obiano reveals identity of the gunmen

Why lone gunman mowed down 8 worshippers in Anambra Catholic Church

"We gathered that worshippers for 6 o'clock Sunday mass at St. Philip Ozobulu were in the service when a gunman dressed in black attire covering his face with a cap entered the church and moved straight to a particular direction and opened fire".

He promised that the state government will pay all the hospital bills of the victims.

The first person to be killed in the church was the father of one of the alleged drug lords, said another resident, Abel Amansi.

He said the gunmen then went on rampage and "shot at the remaining worshippers numbering".

"So far, 12 persons have been confirmed dead and deposited in the mortuary here", a worker at Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital told AFP.

A witness, who simply identified herself as a choir member, said the gunman left immediately into a waiting vehicle with a driver.

She said that the generating set suddenly developed fault; so, the mass proceeded with the congregation using candle light.

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"My heart goes to the bereaved at this moment of pain".

There were conflicting reports over whether the attack was carried out by a lone gunman or a group of attackers.

Umar, however, explained that the attack was not unconnected to what he described as gang violence between some indigenes of the state.

"Such violent incidents dehumanise our society".

Expressing his grief in a strongly worded statement issued by the the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, President Buhari said that "there was no justification whatsoever to target Church worshippers and kill them in cold blood".

Oye, who described the attack as wicked, urged the security agencies to unravel those responsible for the dastardly act.

He noted that police had launched a manhunt on those behind the act and gave an assurance that that everybody behind the act would be brought to justice. Anambra State governor must ensure that those who planned and executed this massacre in Ozubulu are arrested, prosecuted swiftly and decisively punished to serve as deterrent.

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