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Drug feud in SA blamed for Nigeria church killings

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – A CIVIL society organisation has denounced allegations that a drug-feud between two Nigerians in South Africa was to blame for the killing of 12 worshippers at a church in Nigeria last week.
At least 18 worshippers also suffered life-threatening injuries after gunmen stormed the Saint Philips Catholic Church in the southeastern Anambra State.
It was reported the killings emanated from a feud involving Nigerians of Igbo ethnicity, based outside the country.
The ruling All People’s Congress attributed the killings to “a drug war that has been brought home from abroad.”
Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI), comprising individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora condemned murder.
Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke and Lawrence Nwobu, President and Secretary respectively, dismissed the notion by authorities that the killings were a follow up of a drug feud from South Africa.
They criticised Anambra Governor, Willie Obiano, and the State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Garba Umar, for the allegations.
“Their ill-fated and ill-advised conclusion raised more questions than answers,” the IEI officials said.
They called for a comprehensive investigation of the shooting incident with the aim of finding the causes of the attack and arrest of perpetrators.
The IEI officials said the state government and the police were under public scrutiny as the world eagerly waited for the outcome of the investigations.
“Finally, we call for a speedy and ground breaking investigation to unravel the mystery behind the senseless killing.” – CAJ News