One of the survivors of Anambra church killing, Loveth Gift, has narrated how some armed men invaded the church premises, killed some worshipers including his mother.
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Voice of Ndigbo gathered that Gift said through a Facebook post by Anyi Kings, said that they were in the church on Sunday, August 6, around 6 am for morning mass when some men stormed the church premises and started shooting the worshipers.
Gov Obiano at the scene
He said: “We all were in the church during the 6 am morning mass today, we saw two cars that drove into the church; because it was Church premises, we over looked it and we considered them to be people that came for morning mass (service).
“But to the surprise of everyone, the car halted at the center of the gate meaning you cannot close the gate, since it is open already.
“The driver came out of the car pretending he was fixing a problem; so everyone still ignored the drama happening outside the premises.
“Suddenly, some men came out from the car, fully armed, all in Army uniform. I was lucky because I was sitting at the back, just beside the door, but I was clearly seeing what was happening.
“The sky was cloudy and everywhere seemed dark; no one saw what they were carrying, whether it was gun, but surely they were fully equipped.
“They immediately rushed to the front door. I was too lucky to jump the fence, but before I had jumped, I heard gunshot everywhere in the building.
“They obstructed the front gate, because for women that is their only route to escape. That was why women were killed more than men. Children were killed as well, many were seriously injured.
“After I had escaped, I started making calls to link my church members who were in the church, but they were not picking up; not knowing they were dead already.
Victims of the attack
“The gun men were not igbos, because their language were not igbo, the government should stop lying, I heard they said that, they gun men were flashing touch light on us, but it a lie, because the whole church was so lighted that even from outside you will see who is inside. Even at that, if they were really flashing touch light to know who is their target, those that were killed, are they their target.
“Like I said before and I will say it again, I was at the back door, I saw all that happened, they were with Army uniform, face covered, standing at the front door, holding their trigger, and shooting at anything that moves.
“When the police came, I was waiting for them to ask questions of what happened, so that I will explain, but they were busy taking pictures of the dead ones, without knowing the fact
“Not too long after they had gone, I went back to the church. I was shocked with what I saw; my mother was lying dead! Many people were unconscious but later succumbed to death.
“After about one hour of the killings, the police arrived the church. Two hours later, the Governor, Willie Obiano arrived too. Everyone was shocked, wandering how the perpetrators stormed in Army uniform. Questions began to arise: “Who gave them the Army uniform?” Who gave them the Army car?”
“A woman who still survived the mayhem said, “All I could remember is that I was sitting at the front when some people in Army uniform invaded the Church and started shooting at everyone. They just held the trigger and fired at everyone they sighted. I managed to hide under the seat but was shot in the leg.
Meanwhile, Voice of Ndigbo had previously reported that the Anambra Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar, said in Awka that the gunmen who attacked the church were dressed in a black attire and spoke fluent Igbo.