February 21, 2024
Gunmen Invade Catholic Church In Anambra

Gunmen Invade Catholic Church In Anambra

 

It was revealed to SaharaReporters that the attack happened on Thursday night.

In the Ihiala local government area of Anambra State, a group of armed individuals have entered St. Martin of Tours Catholic Parish brandishing sophisticated weaponry.

It was revealed to SaharaReporters that the attack happened on Thursday night.

 

 

This occurs as the conflict for the parish’s soul between the parishioners and concerned Ihiala residents on the one side and the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi on the other side has become more intense.

Although their purpose could not be immediately determined, the armed men were reportedly led into the church by two Reverend Fathers, one of them was Most Reverend Jonas Benson Okoye, the parish priest of a newly established parish in the Nnewi Diocese.

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The armed individuals were described as wearing dark clothing and covering their faces by an eyewitness to SaharaReporters early on Friday. Additionally, the eyewitness reported that the attackers tied up the church security officers and took their cellphones.

 

 

The church’s parish priest, Rev. Fr. Val Eze, told a local medium named The Razor that the church had been invaded.

 

Around 9.15 p.m. on Thursday, he claimed the shooters entered the church and took control of the building.

 

But he went on to say that the intruders had not come close to the priests’ home, and that “we are safe in the parish house.”

 

According to SaharaReporters, because the Bishop had revoked their faculty, the Spiritians, also known as Holy Ghost Fathers, who dwell in the parish, had stopped performing Masses in the Nnewi Diocese.

 

The Holy Ghost Fathers were accused by the diocese’s bishop of refusing to work with the diocese to resolve a number of concerns, such as attempts to split St. Martin’s into separate parishes and payments to the landowners the church had purchased.

Gunmen Invade Catholic Church In Anambra

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