Inside Story Of The Drug War Between Two Brothers That Led To Ozubulu Catholic Church Bloody Massacre

Posted on August 6, 2017

MICHAEL AKINOLA

Chief Aloy Ikegwuonu (Bishop)

Just as many are yet to come to terms and others expressed shock on hearing that unknown gunmen invaded St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Amakwa Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State and opened fire on innocent worshippers, preliminary investigation shows that it was a drug related feud in which the founder of Ebubechukwu Uzo Foundation, Chief Aloy Nnamdi Ikegwuonu, Akuchinyere Nwata 1, Bishop 1 of Ozubulu and his father were the targets of the attack.

P.M.EXPRESS reports that the unknown gunmen who came in search of the drug lord called “Bishop” and his father, were enraged when they could not locate their prime target because he had left a day before.

So they reportedly could only locate his father and in the process of shooting the man shot other people in the congregation.

P.M.EXPRESS gathered that the attack was a spillover of a drug related feud between two Ozubulu brothers resident in South Africa.

The battle we gathered had claimed about five people already over there in South Africa.

The main matter was said to be between Chief Aloy Ikegwuonu (Bishop) and another Ozubulu man popularly known as Obrocho.

It was alleged that Bishop’s main boy- an Mbaise born guy was killed after he left Bishop because his rival Obrocho had lured the guy to leave Bishop who had more than 500 other boys working for him.

The Mbaise brothers in South Africa also threatened to deal with Bishop and revenge the gruesome murder of their brother.

There is also one Nonso from Nnobi languishing in jail who claimed (Bishop and Obrocho) Ozubulu brothers set him up and took over a popular park (Territory) in Jo’burg where he did his drug runs.

His group were also being fingered in the murder of about five people since the battle started.

P.M.EXPRESS was informed that before this Sunday attack at the Catholic Church that the Igwe (His Royal Highness, Igwe Fidelis Nnamdi Oruche, Eze Ugodinaobi, Okeife II, The Obi of Ozubulu) had tried to settle the matter about eight months ago without success.

Even the involvement of clergymen had not help resolve the feud. And so this attack confirmed that the matter has not been resolved amicably.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano has also confirmed that preliminary investigation into the shooting at St Philip’s Catholic Church in Ozubulu, Anambra State show that it was caused by a feud between two brothers from the community who live abroad.

In a statement issued Sunday and signed by Ifeanyi Aniagoh, media aide of the governor, Obiano vowed that the culprits would perpertrated the dastardly act would be brought to justice.

According to the governor, there was a lone gun man who walked into the community’s Catholic Church and started shooting sporadically killing 11 and injuring 18 persons.

On hearing the sad development, Governor Obiano had stormed the scene to ascertain the level of damage and sympathise with the people.

Speaking at the church premises, the governor said: “This is sacrilegious, totally unacceptable in Anambra State. We can’t allow this happen in Anambra, we must get everyone involved to face the music.”

The deeply saddened governor asked the people to go about their businesses without fear or panic noting that this isolated case must be followed to the root and all perpetrators must be brought to book.

The governor also visited Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi where the injured are being treated.

He thanked over 50 doctors who were on ground looking after the injured and assured their families that all medical bills will be taken care of by the state government‎.

Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar also dismissed the rumour of number of gunmen, rather he said the attack was carried out by a lone wolf gunman, who is an indigene of the area.

“From our findings, it is very clear that the person who carried the attack must be an indigene of the area,” Umar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka, the state capital.

“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.

“The man after shooting at his targeted victims still went on a shooting spree, killing and wounding other worshippers,’’ he said.

The commissioner said information available to police showed that the attacker was speaking undiluted Igbo Language at the time he was firing at worshippers.

Umar said though no arrest had been made,   the police already learnt that the attack followed a quarrel between two natives of Ozubulu residing overseas.

Describing the act as sacrilegious, the commissioner of police said it was wrong for the perpetrators of the act to extend their quarrel into the church.

He added: “such conduct shows the people behind the act do not fear God.’’

He said the police had launched a manhunt on those behind the act and gave an assurance that everybody behind the act would be brought to justice.

He said the police were on top of the situation.’’

Meanwhile, some residents and people of Anambra have condemned the killing at St. Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu community.

The residents, in separate interviews with NAN in Awka, described the attack as “heinous, unjustifiable and totally unwarranted”.

Chief Osita Chidoka, a former Minister of Aviation, said he was saddened by the incident.

Chidoka decried the desecration of the temple of God, adding that nobody attacked anyone in the church even during war times.

“This is tragic; the church is a place of refuge to anyone who runs into it, and this wicked, barbaric and mindless bloodletting, shows that something has gone wrong on our psyche.

“My heart goes to the bereaved at this moment of pain. I pray that God grants the soul of the departed eternal rest as I urge the security agents to fish out the perpetrators and make them face the law,” he said.

On his part, Mr Oseloka Obaze, a former Secretary to Anambra Government, said such callous attacks dehumanised the society.

“Our heart goes to the family and parishioners of St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, where unidentified gunmen reportedly killed several church members and wounded several others early today.

‘’Such violent incidents dehumanise our society.”

In his reaction, Dr Victor Oye, the National Chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), said that no amount of provocation could justify the killing of innocent people who had gone to worship in a Church.

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

“As a political leader, I totally condemn the Ozubulu Church shooting as dastardly, unjustifiable and callous.

“Nobody has the right to kill innocent citizens. The Police and other relevant security agencies should ensure that the perpetrators of this crime are caught and made to face justice,” he said.

Chief Jude Emecheta, who hails from Ozubulu, told NAN that “a dark cloud has befallen my peaceful town”.

Emecheta, who is the Managing Director of Anambra Signage and Advertisement Agency (ANSAA), said that the losses from the attack were too much for the people to bear.

He wondered why brothers could visit such attack on their people and urged those involved to ‘’sheathe their swords”.

P.M.EXPRESS learnt that Chief Aloysius Nnamdi Ikegwuonu (Bishop) was reported to have singlehandedly built the beautiful Catholic church where the attack took place.

And the last may not have been heard about the drug related feud as it was reported that the unknown gunmen left a warning that they will be back again in the nearest future unless Chief Aloy Ikegwuonu resolved the matter amicably by settling the parties involved.

12 responses to “Inside Story Of The Drug War Between Two Brothers That Led To Ozubulu Catholic Church Bloody Massacre”

  1. Rev. Dr. Famuyiwa says:

    Inasmuch as I am not in support of the Killing, we should stand to understand that has led to this. Dining with devil has repercussions. How can you worship in a church built by drug money. Not until we Christians stand out to rebuke evil doers we will still share in their problems as we shared in their loots.
    Yes. If there are Prophets they cannot go free. Let us call on the Name of God, before seven days they will be apprehended.
    I sympathise with the bereaved.

  2. Samuel ifeanyi says:

    I totally support your views about this Ozubulu killing, we cannot continue to dine and wine with the devil, those who worship the devil must surely behave like the devil. A notorious criminal used his ill gotten money to build a place of worship for the lord andsamuel both the priests and the parishioners accepted, pls let them pray to God for forgiveness.

  3. Marvin Uzoka says:

    Sad commentary on our moral values.

  4. […] who are based in South Africa. Here is a comprehensive report uncovering the untold story by PM Express: Just as many are yet to come to terms and others expressed shock on hearing that unknown gunmen […]

  5. Ade says:

    I commiserate with the Anambra state governor and the igwe of ozubulu and the ozubulu people and all who mourn for this dastardly act and pray such is never repeated in our land. I find ut difficult to accept that its common knowledge that this church is built from drug related earnings and the church is unaware. Unless the religious bodies distance themselves from illgotten wealth the nation anti corruption war will not succeed.

  6. […] who are based in South Africa. Here is a comprehensive report uncovering the untold story by PM Express: Just as many are yet to come to terms and others expressed shock on hearing that unknown gunmen […]

  7. franca Dania says:

    I was asking same question..does it mean that prophet’s and priests of the most high don’t hear from God any more? that disasters now happens in the church? “what then shall we say that we continue in sin that grace may abide? the name of the Lord is a strong tower that whoso runneth into it shall
    be saved but now people are dying in the church. check it o…. somethings has gone wrong. This is because our sins have separated us from him. let everyone who nameth the name of the Lord depart from evil. I rest my case.

  8. Iheonkhan Jonathan says:

    this act still shows that many people are still living in darkness,no fear of God,neither do they believe there is life after death.How ever we should not be quick to condemn the parishioners who worship in d church after all the bible says that ,the riches of the gentile shall be ours.

  9. Joe Mctruth says:

    When Satan gives a hen, be prepared for his coming back to take a big cow. No iota of holiness imbibed in sinfulness can make God overlook a sinful act, neither could the holiness in this sinful act stop the devil from taking his property. What pains me most is the death of innocent lives.

  10. #cantsay says:

    Nnewi Bishop or the parish priest plus Igwe Ozubulu did a very little work on this issue. & am pretty sure they know the true story long before now.
    That also bring to my mind:
    Drug business from where am standing is not a sacrilege. But to the extent of killing people that’s where it becomes an abomination. Yes that’s where it becomes evil.
    The Bishop could’ve helped in many ways over this feud, the parish priest too. But most importantly Igwe ndi Ozubulu.
    For the fact that they left a warning note: I am of the opinion that st Philips Catholic Church must be closed permanently till this case is settled. They can’t risk asking people to go about their normal business including to still worship in that church. No no & no again.
    Galitos is owned by Obrosho in midrand South Africa, hours after the Ozubulu massacre a hit was carried out in Galitos in midrand South Africa.
    Ozubulu people both home & abroad must rise up to the occasion before Ozubulu is turned into Syria.
    I also advise people to check their level of comment over this issue just to avoid being a target too. The war is too bad. Snoop Ozubulu a bigger boy with no connection to this feud was killed in South Africa in his bar because he suggested for peace to reign. Till today nobody can give a clear account of what killed the gentle man, peaceful man @Snoop Ozubulu.
    I rest my case.

  11. Jesus is the answer says:

    How can you say drug business isn’t sacrilege??? That’s bad money.. money gotten from business that kills people. And that same money is used for God? How can you turn the house of the Lord into a den of thieves? It’s sad! Can we not run legit businesses and live the legacy we choose to have? Now it will only confirm that many igbos are involved in illegal jobs outside the country. This is bad news. This only tells us that you’ll have peace when God is in it and when you run legit businesses.

  12. igwe ifeanyi says:

    I am in Ozubulu that faithful sunday I managed to escape by the grace of God, and I heard everything those gunmen where saying and they didn’t make mention of any bishops name all they where saying is that you will suffer you will suffer, they where dress on army uniform and with army vehicle stopped at the gate wide open, then they walk close to the door, when I saw them fully armed with closed face I knew something was wrong I had to jump the fence to seek refuge and I was just hearing gun shot, if not that I forgot my fone on my seat I would have video the whole incident, and its so painful I made such huge mistake, this would have been the whole truth and stop spoiling the name of the innocent man I have not met with him before neither am I from ozubulu I only came for a visit and had to go to church that sunday and met that ugly incident, I was so fast if not I would be among the victims so I plead with the government to make proper investigation, and the general public to stop painting Mr aloysius name bad because the man is innocent I don’t know him before neither have I met him before I base in lagos so I am not looking for any recognition from anybody I was an eye witness of all the incident, this gunmen are not igbo people they are not from east at all, this people are terrorist not any drug barron battle please stop this fake news and spread this all over thank you ifeanyi is my name

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