AFRICA/NIGERIA - Drugs and crime behind massacre in a church at Ozubulu

Monday, 7 August 2017 drugs  

Lagos (Agenzia Fides)- Yesterday Sunday 6 August 12 persons died and more than 20 were wounded in a shooting attack inside the church of Saint Philip at Ozubulu State of Anambra, in the south of Nigeria. Local Fides sources told us what happened:
“The target was Aloysius Ikegwuonu, a powerful drug trafficker who made enormous sums of money in South Africa where he controlled gangs of cocaine pushers.
On returning to the Nigerian state of Anambra where he was born, Ikegwuonu invested part of his ‘fortune’ in public building works such as roads and including the Catholic church, where the massacre took place, posing as a benefactor towards the local people, to the point that on Internet videos Ikegwuonu is seen distributing money on the street.
His murderers were former accomplices who accuse him of stealing most of the money made in drug dealing.
Yesterday, Ikegwuonu had organised a sort of thanksgiving ceremony in Saint Philip’s church, but at the last moment, warned that the group of former accomplices was planning to attack him, he decided not go to the ceremony. The evil-minded gang entered the church but because Ikegwuonu was not there they opened fire killing his father and other people around him thinking they were members of the family”. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 7/8/2017)