Report reaching TheNigerialawyer reveals that some armed robbers have attacked the Assemblies of God Church at Oguta road Onitsha. The robbers who were armed, shot one of the policemen guarding the church, and made away with his gun. Others close to the church premises were shot as well.
An eyewitness account told our correspondent that the gunmen had momentarily stopped at the Assemblies of God Church, but on sighting some policemen at the church, opened fire on them.
“When the firing became too hot, the policemen abandoned their patrol vehicle and ran away for safety.
“The gunmen moved to their patrol van and took a gun belonging to the policeman they killed.
“I saw two of the gunmen but I can’t say how many they are in number.
Another eyewitness said, “Gunmen on Okada (motorcycle) shot a policeman and collected his rifle. They also shot dead an Okada man while escaping, and the passenger he was carrying was injured.
The policeman was the one armed among his colleagues; they were providing security while church service was going on at Assemblies of God Church, Oguta road Onitsha.
The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar confirmed the incident to journalists.
He said it was not an attack on the church, adding “My men were on patrol near the church when they were attacked by some gunmen. It was not an attack on the church, in the real sense of it”.
The commissioner confirmed that the hoodlums took away a rifle belonging to the slain cop.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige had on Saturday said the Federal Government would work out modalities on how to secure places of worship in the country.
Leading a federal government delegation to commiserate with the people of Anambra State on the Ozubulu shooting, Ngige said that had become expedient following incessant attacks on places of worship.
At the time of filing this report by TheNigerialawyer, three were reported dead and other taken to the New Hope Hospital as disclosed by an eye witness.
Recall that the Assemblies of God church has been in a leadership tussle for something now. Although more is yet to be known about the attack, it is hoped that the security agencies will work to make the incidence better known to the public and perhaps bring the culprits to book.
This is the second time a church has been attacked on a sunday in Anambra State within a short period of time.