- A memorial mass in honour of 13 slain worshippers in Anambra will be held on Monday, August 6
- The president-general of Ozubulu Development Union, Peter Uzokwe, says the event will be open to the public
- Thirteen worshippers were slain at St Phillips Catholic Church in the state on Sunday, August 5
The Ozubulu community in Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra will hold a memorial mass in honour of 13 slain worshippers at St Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, on Monday, August 6.
Peter Uzokwe, the president-general of Ozubulu Development Union (ODU), announced the detail in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ozubulu on Sunday, August 5.
Recall that the deceased persons were shot by some assailants, who invaded the church on August 6, 2017 during an early morning mass.
NAIJ.com gathers that Uzokwe said the mass, scheduled to start at 10am would be conducted by the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, the Rt Reverend Hillary Okeke, and other notable clergymen.
He said: “Monday August 6, marks one year of the dastardly act by yet-to-be known assailants at St. Philip’s Church, Ozubulu. We are celebrating one year anniversary to mark the end of mourning and to pray to God that such will not happen again.
“We are all in town to pray together. It is a solemn moment for us and time to seek the face of God. We enjoin all to come and pray with us."
The deceased persons, including a seven-month old baby and a 75-year-old man, Chief Cyprian Ikegwuonu, were buried on January 12, after security operatives concluded autopsy on their corpses.
Four accused persons, including a local security guard at the church, are currently undergoing trial for the killings.
However, due to heightened tension and threats to witnesses that ensued during the proceedings, the matter has been transferred from Nnewi high court to Awka high court.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that St Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu located in Ekusigo local government area of Anambra state was attacked on Sunday, August 6 and several persons were reportedly killed by gunmen.
Willie Obiano, the state governor called for calm and also visited the scene of the attack to commiserate with the parishioners.
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