The traditional leader of Ozubulu located in Ekusigo local government area of Anambra state has given insights on the massacre of some parishioners of St. Philips Catholic Church.
According to Igwe Nnamdi Oruche, the problem started as far as 2007 when Ozubulu Development Union, ODU, which has a branch in South Africa, wanted to elect a new president-general there.
He said the resulted disagreement caused bad blood among members of the union.
“This created a major disagreement over who would be their leader in that country and it eventually tore them apart. But the overall President General both in Ozubulu and in Diaspora, Norbert Anigbogu, intervened by inviting the two factions back home for a peaceful resolution of the problem.
“When they returned, a traditional oath was prepared for them to take in order to enthrone brotherliness among them and to further quell the rift between the factions, but most of them refused to take the oath on the basis that they are Christians.
“At that point, an alternative was made and a Catholic priest, Rev. Father Chidolue was invited to perform the Christian aspect of oath-taking, which was done and everyone appreciated it.
“But later, the conflict was rekindled by some of them who reneged on the agreement made during the oath-taking, alleging that since I, the traditional ruler, was not present during the exercise, the reconciliation was null, void and improper.”
According to Vanguard, the monarch said that despite the disagreement, another executive of ODU three years ago, went further to invite Alloysius Ikegwuonwu-led group and the rival group to return home for another peace move, adding that after appealing to them to maintain peace, the aggrieved parties visited the Blessed Sacrament of St. Michael Catholic Church, Ozubulu, where they also embraced themselves as brothers and became happy with each other again.
Igwe Nnamdi Oruche also said that the town witnessed a similar bloody scenario in 2007 when four vigilante members from the community were murdered in cold blood in Ukpor, a neighbouring town.
Voice of Ndigbo earlier reported that St. Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu located in Ekusigo local government area of Anambra state was attacked on Sunday, August 6 and several persons were killed by gunmen.
Governor Obiano condemned the attack and promised to ensure that the culprits are brought to justice. Garba Baba Umar, the Commissioner of police in the state, also confirmed the attack.