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CAN condemns Anambra church killings

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned Sunday’s attack on St. Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State, which claimed eight lives and18 injured.

The President of CAN, Rev Samson Ayokunle, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant Media and Communications, Mr. Bayo Oladeji and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja, termed the attack as ‘unwarranted, senseless and wicked.’

Commiserating with the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, and families of the victims, he called on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to embark on an immediate investigation into the killings to bring the perpetrators to book.

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“According to reports, the police in Anambra has confirmed that a gunman killed eight worshippers and injured 18 others in an early morning attack on St. Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area.

“What are these silly gunmen here and there turning our nation to be? Whatever may be the reason or reasons for this dastardly act cannot justify this criminal jungle justice. Without doubt, the act is a madness the all of us must condemn in strong terms.

“I urge the Federal Government through the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in particular to address the issue of proliferation of arms and ammunitions so as to make our world safer.

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“The perpetrators of this ungodly act must be brought to book without delay. I call on the Police to fish out those responsible and there must not be any cover up. Enough of these killings in the country.

“If the places of worship are no longer safe again, what has become the security of lives and property? We pray to God to console and comfort all the bereaved and heal those who are recuperating in the hospitals,” the statement read in parts.

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