30 August 2013
Cultists Attack Churches In Anambra ,killing Over 50 church Members ,with several injured....
Area of Anambra State, when some youths, suspected to be cultists unleash attack on churchs , killing over 50 christan,and inflicted machete wounds on some christian...the attacked churchs were
Assemblies of God, Deeper Life, Winners, Catholic church,
The attackers also went on rampage, looting and
burning churches in the community. Some of the
churches burnt include Assemblies of God Church,
Grace of God Church, Deeper Life Bible Church,
Winners Church, Christ Holy Church, St. Paul's
Catholic Church and another pentecostal church.
The assailants, according to the victims, attacked the
worshippers with dangerous weapons, shooting
sporadically and wounding several people. They were
said to have invaded no fewer than seven churches,
burning and destroying everything within their reach.
A two-year old baby was among the victims.
It was gathered that trouble started in the community
over disagreement between the Christians and the
idol worshippers on the cultural night masquerade, a
local fetish cult opposed by Christians in the area.
A victim of the incident, who gave his name as Mr
Sunday Aliuba, said they were in the church when the
miscreants stormed their church, armed with guns
and machetes. He said they swooped on d
congregation and inflicted machete wounds on them,
causing stampede as people struggled to escape from the church ..
An eye witness & also a victim from the incident , explain how the attack unfolded, " Oba-Ofemili and
the Christians had an agreement that the night
masquerades will not start by 9pm, and we were
having our programmes according to the rules. But on
Monday night, I was at the crusade when we heard
that the pagans will burn down all the churches.
Around 11pm, they started shooting sporadically into
the air, causing everybody to shiver. Around 1.00am
on Tuesday, they stormed the church, and razed down
the parish priest's house and pursued everybody in
the church. We hid under the staircase and under the pews.
"In self-defence, we pounced on some of them. As it
got hotter, my colleagues ran away. I also ran but they
pursued me and shot me in the legs, shattering my
ankles and bones. They also inflicted machete wounds
on me. The blood that came out of my body can fill
two buckets. It is only God that is sustaining my life till now
When contacted, the priest of St. Paul's Anglican
Church, whose parish church was razed, Rev. Pat.
Odinanwa, said series of efforts made to ensure peace
in the community between the church and the
community failed. He said the pagans nursed
pathological hatred for Christians in the community.
According to him, there were agreements reached
between the church and the community, but the
pagans sought all avenues to stop Christians from
worshipping God in the community.
According to him, over 50 persons sustained gunshot
and machete wounds, while seven churches were
burnt by the irate youths. He said Christians in the
area had been living in fear, as the youths threatened
further attack today.