Target of Ozubulu killing returns to Nigeria; gives police names of attackers (photo)
- Aloysius Ikegwuonu who was allegedly the main target of the Ozubulu killing has returned to Nigeria
- He paid a visit to some of the victims of the attack in the hospital
- He also reportedly went to the police and provided names of his assailants
Aloysius Ikegwuonu who is the supposed target of the tragic killing in a catholic church in Ozubulu area of Anambra state has returned to Nigeria.
According to Sahara Reporters, the alleged drug dealer who reportedly was in a war with his counterpart returned from South Africa on Saturday, August 12 and paid a visit to the victims of the attack.
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Legit.ng had reported that 13 persons were killed and 22 more injured when armed men stormed the church and opened fire on the members with their target being Ikegwuonu.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra had said intelligence report linked the attack to drug kingpins and was a spill over from a war between Mr. Ikegwuonu and one Chinedu Akpunonu (a.k.a Oborocho), both of whom live outside Nigeria.
According to police report, Ikegwuonu provided valuable information and gave the names of the assailants whom he claimed had asked him for ransom in exchange for peace.
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According to eyewitness, the armed men were in search of their target in the church and when they did not find him, they opened fire on innocent members including Cyprian Ikegwuonu, his father who also died in the attack.
In spite of the allegation of being a drug dealer, Ikegwuonu is perceived as a philanthropist. He founded the non-governmental Ebubechukwu Uzo Foundation Ozubulu, which assists members of his as well as neighboring communities and has tarred some roads in the area.
Meanwhile, gunmen on Sunday, August 13, allegedly struck at the Assemblies of God Church on the Oguta road Onitsha, Anambra state killing one policeman and a civilian.
Punch reports that the incident happened seven days after gunmen attacked St Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu and killed no fewer than 13 persons and injured 27.
Legit.ng gathered that an eyewitness account reported that the gunmen had momentarily stopped at the Assemblies of God Church, but on sighting some policemen at the church, opened fire on them.
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