Contrary to a report circulating in some quarters that the killings at the St. Philips Catholic Church, Amakwa, Ozubulu in Anambra State is a terrorism act, the State Governor Willy Obiano has said that the killings during Mass is a gang war that spilled to the state from an African country.
Meanwhile, the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and Obiano vowed yesterday that the perpetrators of the crime would not go unpunished.
Obiano upgraded the death toll to 12 from the 11 announced by the police on Sunday.
The governor gave an insight into the killings in a broadcast to the people.
Obiano said: “What happened in Ozubulu yesterday was a tragic dimension of a long battle between two business partners who are from the same town. I have been fully informed that this dangerous conflict has been going on for a while in the country where they both live outside Nigeria before they decided to bring the conflict home.
“This explanation, I believe, has erased the fears that the incident may have been caused by either some terrorist organisations or some members of some groups of agitators in the country.
“What happened in Ozubulu was neither a terror attack as we know it, nor a violent action by some agitators. We are dealing with a dangerous gang war that has spilled over to Anambra State from another African country. But this is the last time it will happen under my watch”
He added that “The people directly and remotely involved in this crime are known to the law enforcement agencies. But no suspect, no matter how highly placed, is above the law. So, we have taken bold steps to bring them to book and restore the peace and tranquility that Anambra State has enjoyed since the past three years.”
The Nations Newspaper