Gunmen Kill Two Near Anambra Church
Two persons including a police officer have been reportedly killed after gunmen struck near the Assemblies of God church on Oguta road in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Channels Television gathered that the gunmen were armed robbers who had been in the process of staging a raid when they sighted the police patrol.
They reportedly opened fire indiscriminately, killing one of the policemen and a commercial motorcyclist.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar who confirmed the incident, disclosed that the attack was not aimed at the church.
“At about 10:30 hours, who were in masquerade form, who put on masquerade attacked our Police team on patrol. They fired at them and critically injured one, Members of the team reacted swiftly, pursued them and apprehended one of them. Effort I son to ensure that the other members of the gang will sooner than later be apprehended. I want to make it clear, going by the report that is emanating from one of the dailies that a church at Onitsha was attacked, I want to make it clear that this was not an attack on the church it was an attack on our men on routine patrol.”
A member of the church who spoke to Channels Television but pleaded anonymity also confirmed that no one within the church premises was involved in the incident as gunshots were heard only outside the premises.
This latest attack is coming exactly a week after several persons were reportedly killed by gunmen while worshipping in at St. Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu located in Ekusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.