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‘I didn’t know Aloysius Ikegwuonu until he returned from South Africa as a rich man’ – Ozubulu Monarch

High Chief Aloysius Ikegwuonu aka Bishop was the alleged target behind the devastating attack at St. Philip’s Catholic church in Ozubulu, Anambra.

Fidelis Nnamdi Oruche has in an interview with PUNCH revealed more about Aloysius Ikegwuonu and what he believes really caused the Anambra Catholic church massacre.

Interview was conducted by CHIDIEBUBE OKEOMA and TONY OKAFOR. Excerpts:

  • Can we know you sir?

I am HRH Fidelis Nnamdi Oruche, the traditional ruler of Ozubulu community in the Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.

  • Who is Aloysius Ikegwuonu otherwise called Bishop to you?

I didn’t know Aloysius Ikegwuonu until he returned from South Africa as a rich person. The truth is that everybody in Ozubulu is my subject. So, I will say that Chief Aloysius Ikegwuonu is my brother. He is a well-known philanthropist in this town and beyond.

He had started helping the downtrodden, the less privileged and paying hospital bills of people before I met him. He had also started building projects like churches before we met. In all honesty, I will say that he is a very good person. He is not a bad man at all. He has a good heart and he is always ready to help people.

  • Do you know what he does for a living?

How can I know what he does when he is based abroad? He does not live in Ozobulu. He told us that he does some business abroad. He is not the only person from Ozubulu who lives abroad. We have many sons and children of the community who live overseas especially in South Africa.

  • What can you say about the killings in the Catholic Church which report noted that he built for the community?

I was not in the church when the incident occurred. Somebody called me on the phone to tell me about it. St Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, where the incident occurred, is a bit far from the palace. When the person called on the phone, the background was very noisy and I presumed that all was not well.

I was not feeling well on that day so I had to send somebody to the church. The report I got was devastating. The massacre took place around 6am. I was told that a tragedy had occurred in our community.

I was told that gunmen invaded the church and opened fire on people who had left their various houses to worship God. I was told that lifeless bodies littered everywhere. I was saddened by the report because those who died were all my subjects, my brothers and sisters. I quickly called my council head and informed him of the horrifying development.

The governor, who is the chief security officer of the state, together with security officers, arrived in the place quickly. Who has ever seen such a crime in the house of God before? Who has seen or heard that some invaded a worship place and didn’t say anything and only opened fire on people who didn’t do them any harm?

The community is in mourning. Our land has been desecrated by the perpetrators of this crime and they will not go scot-free. We will assist the security agencies and the government, both at the federal and state levels to make sure that justice is served.

  • What could have led to such killings?

I don’t know of any drug deal as being reported. But I know that about three years age, Ozubulu Development Union in South Africa, was having serious leadership tussle.

Our children who are living there were having a disagreement over who becomes the chairman of the union. They didn’t agree and couldn’t resolve the issue among themselves. Mind you that we have Ozubulu Development Union all over the world. The union is for peace and development of our community.

So, when they couldn’t resolve the issue among themselves, all of them, numbering hundreds returned to the country from South Africa. The issue was brought before the President General of Ozubulu Development Union, Chief Nobert Anigbogu. Anigbogu tried his best but couldn’t solve the contentious issue. The factions insisted that the matter must be brought before me as the traditional ruler of the community.

Before then, some people disagreed that they would take a peace covenant in any shrine. The day the matter was scheduled to be heard in my palace, the crowd was overwhelming. I cannot recall the number, but we took minutes of the meeting including names of the attendees.

The meeting was a heated one but it wasn’t anything except a disagreement between brothers over who occupies the position of Ozubulu Development Union in South Africa. After ensuring peace, we invited the bishop of the Catholic Church diocese and a reverend father who came and prayed for us. The Blessed Sacrament was used as a covenant oath for everybody. The crowd was over two thousand people. We admonished them to be peaceful and live in harmony.

  • Have there been similar killings in Ozubulu community?

Yes, it has happened before and that also was very saddening and mysterious. Up till today, we are desperately waiting for the killers of those four young men to be nabbed. This incident I am telling you happened around 2007.

Four of our security men were killed in a very agonising and painful manner by unknown people. Their body parts were not complete as we buried them. Their tongues, eyes and even private parts were taken away.

They were dragged into a bush where they killed them. It was painful. My brother was among the 2007 victims. The government and security agencies are aware of the issue. Their killers disguised by wearing camouflages. The victims were blindfolded. The palm wine tapper who saw them told us. We are still asking questions to know why they were killed and where their organs were taken to.

I’m lucky to be alive — Aloysius aka Bishop’s step-mother

  • Tell us about yourself.

I am the stepmother of Aloysius Ikegwuonu, popularly known as Bishop.

  • What can you say about the killings in the Anambra Catholic church?

We were in the church early in the morning of August 6 and while the service was in progress, a gun-wielding man arrived the entrance door and opened fire on the worshipers. He started shooting sporadically at a close range. We ran to escape the bullets flying around and in the process, one of the hit me. That was when I lost consciousness and was revived in the hospital. The bullet hit me in the stomach but I am getting better. I am waiting for the doctors to discharge me. I want to go home.

  • How many people fired shots into the church?

I only saw one person and he was the one who stood at the door and opened fire on us. He didn’t say anything. I cannot really say if he wore a camouflage. I was only bothered about my escape at the time. I thank God that I am alive. The experience was a terrible one. Though the wound is giving me pain, I am better now and I want to go home.

  • Do you think bishop who is your stepson is quarrelling with anybody?

I don’t know and I wouldn’t say what I don’t know. All I know is that while the service was ongoing, a man entered, stood at the exit door and opened fire on us. People ran, some survived and others died. I am among the lucky ones hit by bullets but survived.

Source – Punchng.com

32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. plumpyj

    August 13, 2017 at 9:19 am

    They allowed there selfish desire to claim peoples life.The so called union should have been dissolved when the issue started.

  2. Onyiish

    August 13, 2017 at 9:41 am

    People can be wicked

  3. Egbu Peace

    August 13, 2017 at 8:58 am

    He shd be arrested and proper investigation should be done,how can many life’s be lost just because of one person….God will surely punish anyone who has a hand in this case

    • Melloe Chichi Sibanda

      August 13, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Why mus they arrest him,is he the one who shoot people in the church?

    • Faith Ella Enesi

      August 13, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Melloe Chichi Sibanda you are a monkey, it seems u lack English and u don’t know what is happening. He build the church and the gunmen said he came to look for him at home he was not home so they went to the church and killed innocent people and u are saying why will he be arrested?

    • Egbu Peace

      August 13, 2017 at 10:06 am

      @Faith please not everyone understands english so don’t argue with her

    • KC Michael Ezechukwu

      August 13, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Gunmen said 😳
      Wow we need to arrest you immediately since you have already spoken with the gunman

    • Caius Ugochukwu

      August 13, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      KC I take God beg you oo😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • Tega Faith Omonigho

      August 13, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Hahahaha KC ooo na true you tlk😀😀😀😄

    • Chinonsojoseph Ugobekee Onwurah

      August 14, 2017 at 5:18 am

      Faith Ella Enesi .gunmen said so to you?.where and when?.read tru your lines again please,reconfirm your statement and you will be contacted within 24hours as the investigations continues on the matter.

    • Faith Ella Enesi

      August 14, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Monkeys the gunmen said it to the Media and the news is everywhere so stop talking like foolish people. Anyway is none of my business, is very hard for them to come and kill me in Abuja. Am under God’s grace and mercy.

    • Dikachi Southboy Frank

      August 14, 2017 at 11:25 am

      @faith Abuja monkey pls if u don’t have meaningful thing to say pls fuck-off

    • Egbu Peace

      August 14, 2017 at 11:26 am

      It’s okay please oooo

  4. Queen Bassey

    August 13, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Sad

  5. Elkay Mousa

    August 13, 2017 at 9:01 am

    The blame ball would start rolling to different corners. What a pity. What is waste of precious lives.

  6. Habeebllah Ibn Yusuf

    August 13, 2017 at 9:03 am

    so d question is question is hu now perpetrated dis evil act

  7. Tz Ben Don

    August 13, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Media knows how to tarnish ND pass judgment on others. My take on this is let the perpetrators be unmasked asap. I don’t care to know whether he is drug dealer or drug baron, if u thing otherwise file a lawsuit suit against him or his source of wealth.

  8. Chioma Aneke

    August 13, 2017 at 9:10 am

    I pray that god will catch u oneday

  9. Christiana Keller

    August 13, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Rip to the dead… And you just thank God for ur life
    . and pray for the dead to receive sanctuary

  10. Okoro Chinasa

    August 13, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Only God knows our true sef

  11. Solomon Arinze

    August 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Father God arrest who so ever DAT have hand in this mess

  12. Posh

    August 13, 2017 at 11:39 am

    See lie Lie mouth! Your sons are drug lords fighting drug wars in South Africa. You are here telling us its Community Development Chairmanship. Who is foolibg who? I bet we have not seen the last of this fight. I pity other innocent Ozubulu brethren

  13. Eniola Chika

    August 13, 2017 at 11:19 am

  14. Ifechukwu Onyema Smith

    August 13, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    i gues dis man should be arrested and questioned, he may have some information about dis. dis is not terrorism as some ppl said.

  15. Valentine Nwankwo

    August 13, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    They should go ahead and do a thorough investigation so as to get the root if this. All these pointing of fingers won’t do anything.

  16. Stella Ezenwa

    August 13, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Everyday is for d thief but one day is for d owner

  17. Uchechukwu Japhet

    August 13, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Vanity upon vanity

  18. Ogamba Michael Ikechukwu

    August 13, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Let the people responsible for the attack be fished out. They have no reason take their problems to the innocent citizen.

  19. Paul Lawrence

    August 13, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    God have mercy ooooo

  20. Okoro Obumneme

    August 14, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Chaiii, people are no more afraid of the most high GOD, is a painful story, let the spirit of God go to war, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Amen

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