By STELLA UKWUOMA
Further reactions have emerged following the St Philips Catholic Church Ozubulu, Anambra State bloodbath.
Intersociety in an updated statement has claimed that 20 or more innocent and defenseless parishioners were killed in the St. Philips Catholic church shooting of Sunday while taking up the Nigerian Police Force, Anambra State Command and the state government on their various responses.
The Catholic Church was also not left out of their questioning.
On the Police reaction, the group faulted their claim that: “only eight persons were killed in an attack carried out by a gunman in a shooting resulting from a drug gang war between two bothers from the same town (Ozubulu) that are living outside the country”, saying this angle “is riddled with a litany of lies and contradictions”.
The group therefore posed the following questions to the security agency thus: “What is a criminal/drug gang? Can an individual or a gunman constitute a criminal/drug gang?
“Who massively killed and maimed dozens of parishioners; a gunman or gunmen? Can a lone gunman embark on such assassination operation or reprisal killing?
“Since the State CP admitted that it was a drug gang war, are there no previous casualties and violent parties involved?
“How did the CP get his mangled casualty figure of eight deaths and how many were injured? What about the father of the escaped target victim, was he not killed alongside others inside the Church or did he survive?
For the state governor, Intersociety has this to say: “Is the said escaped victim of the failed assassination (Mr. Aloysius Ikegwuonu/alleged drug baron) known to the Governor/Government of Anambra State?
“Is his source of income also known or not known to the same Governor/Government of Anambra State?
Was there a time in the months past that the Governor/Government of Anambra State visited Ozubulu to commission a road built by him?
“Was there also a time the same Governor/Government visited him to commission St Philip Catholic Church built by him?
“Is it known or not known to the Governor/Government of Anambra State that the troublesome/ questionable billionaire flew back to South Africa last night?
“Has the present Governor of Anambra State not visited Ozubulu up to four times at the instance of Mr. Aloysius Ikegwuonu?”
Alleging that there have been threats of reprisal from a rival drug gang, the group further quizzed thus: “Was the Governor/Government of Anambra State aware or not aware of the reprisal threat by members of Mr. Ikegwuonu’s rival drug gang working for an Mbaise man from Imo State to revenge the killing in South Africa of their members by gang members loyal to the said Bishop Ebubechukwu of Ozubulu; to the extent of vowing not to stop until they kill 200 indigenes of Ozubulu and Bishop Ebubechukwu himself in revenge?
“Is it correct to say that the Governor/Government of Anambra State recently made Mr. Aloysius Ikegweonu (Bishop Ebubechukwu) a political leader in Ozubulu?
“Was the Government of Anambra State involved in the relocation from South Africa to Nigeria (Ozubulu) of Mr. Ikegweonu where he was alleged to have abruptly relocated few years ago so as to escape justice?”
On the part of the Catholic Church of Nnewi Diocese, Intersociety raised questions as follows: “Who built St Philips Catholic Church, Amakwa, Ozubulu? What is the builder’s source of income and is it not known to the Diocese?
“Is it not correct to say that the Church building in question is a house of Satan with Satanic well filled or flooded with the blood of the murdered innocent people and shepherded by the hands of iniquities? Where are the Catholic moral values and dogmas?
“Between Heaven and Hell Fire, who expressly receive all the prayers and offerings made inside the Church building and altar of St Philips Catholic Church at Amakwa, Ozubulu?
“Can the Catholic Church morally and legally be exonerated from culpability over today’s massacre at St Philips Catholic Church building at Ozubulu?”, the Intersociety queried.