Monday, 7 August 2017

Anambra church attack: Buhari calls Obiano, Islamic group condemns the killings

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday called the Governor of Anambra, Willie Obiano, to commiserate with him over the attack on the St. Phillips Catholic Church in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state.

The police have confirmed 11 deaths and alongside the Governor vowed to arrest the gunman and other involved.

According to a statement by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, during Buhari’s phone call, “he commiserated with him, the famines of the victims and the citizens of the state over the tragic shooting incident.”

The Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria on Monday also condemned the killings in the church.

It was reported that a gunman stormed the church and killed several worshipers and injured several others.

The group made the condemnation in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by its National Coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi.

“This is the hand work of terrorists within the community who were reportedly living abroad but came home for what only God knows.

“The Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria condemns in strong terms this sacrilegious and terrible act.

“This crime must be properly investigated and culprits should be urgently arrested before they escape from the community.’’

According to Abdullahi, it is commendable that the Police in Anambra State has useful information on the background to the crime as narrated by the Anambra State Commissioner of Police.

“This information should be properly processed to give a lasting solution to addressing acts of terrorism of this nature which must not go unpunished.

“Meanwhile, the elite in our midst sending their children and wards abroad to study must examine the negative aspects of their action on their children.

“Some of which include a bad culture of killing innocent people with reckless abandon, joining irresponsible clubs where crimes are perpetrated to revenge certain acts, use of dangerous drugs and various acts of terrorism.’’

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