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The Nnewi Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church has released the names of the parishioners who were killed and injured the massacre which took place at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Bishop of Nnewi, Most Reverend Hilary Paul Odili Okeke issued a statement on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 announced that the church had taken up responsibility to help the victims of this hideous crime which, according to the Nigerian police, was perpetrated by drug gangs at war.

Blood trail at the door of the church where a gunman invaded a Catholic Church in Anambra State on Sun, Aug 6, 2017
Blood trail at the door of the church where a gunman invaded a Catholic Church in Anambra State on Sun, Aug 6, 2017

The full statement is below:

VICTIMS OF GUNMEN ATTACK IN ST. PHILIP’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, OZUBULU ON 6TH AUGUST 2017

On Sunday, 6th August 2017, during the celebration of the Holy Mass in St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, gunmen attacked the people in the church, killing some and wounding some. The following is the record of victims of the attack:

A. THOSE IN A/E

1. Ikegwuonu Caroline

2. Nwakile Anthonia

3. Okoye Odinaka

4. Okoye Patricia

5. Isaac Chinedu

6. Oramadike Chinagorom

7. Oramadike Chinecherem

8. Udegbunam Chidimma

9. Ndulue Samuel

10. Udegbunam Obiageli

11. Ugochi Obiajulu

12. Chukwueloka Chineze

13. Oramadike Chioma

14. Azuka Basil

15. Oramadike Chiamaka

B. IN ICU

16. Uchechukwu Chukwueloka

C. IN FSW

17. Nwanya Ngozi

D. IN PAEDIATRIC SURGICAL

18. Ngwuta Chinemelum

19. Asomba Chukwudum

E. OBA TRAUMA CENTRE

20. Nnudule Leonard

F. DISCHARGED

21. Muomah Michael

22. Oramadike Favour

THE NAMES OF DEAD VICTIMS

1. Mr. Cyprian Ikegwuonu

2. Mr. Hyacinth Oramadike

3. Mrs. Cecilia Ewin

4. Mrs. Eunice Akanigbo

5. Mrs. Rose Okoye

6. Mrs. Anulika Obunadike

7. Mrs. Uchenna Obunadike

8. Mrs. Anthonia Ufondu

9. Miss Oluchukwu Uhelu

10. Miss Christiana Igbeja

11. Mrs. Udeze Pauline

12. Mrs. Victoria Uzokwe

13. Mrs. Florence Nweke

May God grant these martyrs eternal rest in our home in heaven!

The Catholic Diocese of Nnewi has decided to do all it can to help the victims of the gunmen attack in St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu. To do that, the Diocese has opened a bank account to which all funds for the care of the victims will be deposited for proper accountability. The account is:

Name of the account: CDN OZUBULU CASUALTIES CHARITY FUND
Bank: UBA PLC (NNEWI)
Account Number: 1020519192

Anybody, parish, institution, company, society, association or group that would like to join the diocese in providing assistance to the victims and their families can send their contributions to that account. We shall keep accurate records of contribution and distribution of the funds.

Most Rev. Hilary Paul Odili Okeke
Bishop of Nnewi

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