Nigerian Church Re-opens A Week After Attack

In Nigeria

Normal church services were held at St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Anambra, a week after gunmen killed  worshipers during early morning service.

The Nigerian church was sealed after Aug. 6 massacre which claimed 11 people and 18 others sustaining various degrees of injury and re-opens a week after attack.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who attended the church service, reports that there was an initial low turn-out of parishioners but the attendance later picked up.

NAN reports that the service was attended  by officials of the state government led by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu.

Also, present at the Mass was Aloysius Ikegwuonu, popularly called ‘Bishop” and one of the chieftains of the village, who was alleged to have been the target of the Aug 6 attack.

IIkegwuonu, who lost his father in the attack, refused to talk to newsmen, but one of his aides said his principal would talk at appropriate time.

Some Parishioners told NAN that many of them were yet to overcome the shock of the invasion even as a delegation of the federal government led by Minister Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, visited the place on Saturday Aug.12 to condole with the state.

A parishioner, Mr Jude Okoye, said he forced himself to attend church service because of his deep religious understanding that a Christian believer must experience persecution to make to heaven.

(NAN)