Names Of The Affected Worshipers In The Ozubulu Church Attack

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The Catholic Diocese of Nnewi has released the names of victims of the St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo LGA of Anambra State.

The attack which took place on Sunday, August 6, left scores of worshippers dead and several others injured. See the list of the affected worshipers below;

DECEASED

  1. Cyprian Ikegwuonu
  2. Mr Hyacinth Oramadike
  3. Mrs Cecilia Ewin
  4. Mrs Eunice Akanigbo
  5. Mrs Rose Okoye
  6. Mrs Anulika Oramadike
  7. Mrs Uchenna Oramadike
  8. Mrs Anthonia Ufondu
  9. Miss Oluchukwu Uhelu
  10. Miss Christiana Igbeja
  11. Mrs Udeze Pauline
  12. Mrs Victoria Uzokwe
  13. Mrs Florence Nweke

CASUALTIES IN VARIOUS MEDICAL UNITS

  1. Ikegwuonu Caroline
  2. Nwakile Anthonia
  3. Okoye Odinaka
  4. Okoye Patricia
  5. Isaac Chinedu
  6. Oramadike Chinagorom
  7. Oramadike Chinecherem
  8. Udegbunam Chidimma
  9. Ndulue Samuel
  10. Udegbunam Obiageli
  11. Ugochi Obiajulu
  12. Chukwueloka Chineze
  13. Oramadike Chioma
  14. Azuka Basil
  15. Oramadike Chiamaka
  16. Uchechukwu Chukwueloka
  17. Nwanya Ngozi
  18. Ngwuta Chinemelum
  19. Asomba Chukwudum
  20. Nnudule Leonard

DISCHARGED

  1. Muomah Michael
  2. Oramadike Favour

A statement signed by the Diocesan Bishop of Nnewi, Most Rev. Hilary Paul Odili Okeke said the Diocese has decided to do all it can to help the victims of the attack.

Consequently, the Director of Social Communications of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Hygi Aghaulor, who made the announcement on behalf of the Diocesan Bishop disclosed that the Diocese has also launched a victims’ support fund to cater for those involved in the attack.

The account details are as follows:

Name of the account: CDN OZUBULU CASUALTIES CHARITY FUND

Bank: UBA PLC (NNEWI)

Account Number: 1020519192.



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The church assured donors of judicious use of the funds.

“Anybody, parish, institution, company, society, association or group that would like to join the diocese in providing assistance to the victims and their families can send their contributions to that account. We shall keep accurate records of contribution and distribution of the funds,” the statement said.

In a related development, leaders of Ozubulu Community have differed over the cause of attacks on the church.

While a section of the community attributed the killings to communal crises in the town, others alleged that two rival groups who were strategising to produce the leadership of Ozubulu Development Union (ODU) were the ones who brought the leadership tussle to the church.

There are allegations that leaders of the rival groups, who are based in South Africa, had been doing everything possible to influence members of the community in an effort to produce the President General of the union, according to The Guardian.

Community sources reveal that the traditional ruler of the town, Igwe Fidelis Oruche, had in the past intervened by inviting the groups to Ozubulu but no meaningful resolution had been reached.

However, Oruche said contrary to insinuations in certain quarters, the crisis that led to the killings had nothing to do with drug deals. In a report released on Wednesday, August 9, the ODU Caretaker Committee condemned the attack, saying it was a taboo, shocking and devastating to the entire community and beyond.

In the statement titled: “Senseless and Brutal Murder of Worshippers at St. Philips Catholic Church, Amakwa–Ozoubulu” and signed by President General of Amakwa, ODU, Iykebest Malizu, the community said they were mourning their loved ones who were killed in the early morning Mass.

Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Chukwuka Ernest, regretted the incident and wondered why such a dastardly act should happen in the house of God.

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Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nkiru Nwude, has said some arrests have been made adding that suspects have so far offered useful information in their investigations.