Pope Francis Extends Condolences Towards Anambra Church Killings

Pope Francis has offered blessings of “consolation and strength” upon St.Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu as he extended his condolences to the people of Anambra over the deadly attack on the diocese on Sunday.

The Pope said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and injury following the violent attack in Saint Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu,” in a telegram addressed to Bishop Hilary Paul Odili Okeke of Nnewi.

The Catholic News Agency also reports that the Pope extended his “heartfelt condolences to you and to all the faithful of the Diocese of Nnewi, in particular the families of the deceased and all those affected by this tragedy.”

Consequently, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has mentioned that two persons from Ozubulu who are known drug barons in South Africa are the prime suspects of the attack on St Philips Catholic church in Ozubulu.

The governor made the statement on Sunday, August 6, shortly after he visited the scene of the attack in Ekwusigo local government area of the state, Channels TV reports.

Obiano who described the attack as a sacrilege said the briefing he received from the police had revealed that the shooting was a reprisal attack by the drug barons who traced their victim to the church. He dismissed reports that the incident was a church invasion.

The Acting president of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has also assured the state that the assailants once tried, would be brought to justice.

No fewer than 35 people were said to have died and several others injured.

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