Tension As Alleged Target Of Ozubulu Church Killings, ‘Bishop’ Buries Slain Father
There is palpable fear in the Ozubulu community as a South African-based business man, Aloysius Ikegwuonu, a.k.a. Bishop, buries his father, Cyprian Ikegwuonu, today, January 12.
The 75-year old Cyprian was among the 13 persons killed on August 6, last year when gunmen attacked the St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu.
Twenty-nine other persons were wounded in the mayhem.
It was alleged that the assailants were after ‘Bishop’ following a business misunderstanding, but rather killed his father, when they could not get at him.
A police source told PUNCH that arrangements had been concluded to deploy no fewer than 500 policemen to the burial following renewed threats by the attackers that they might strike during the funeral.
The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Nkeiruka Nwode, confirmed the deployment of policemen to the burial but she declined to give the number of policemen involved.
She said the command was not leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that there was peace in the area.
Nwode said, “As we are talking now, so many of our men have been drafted to the community to make sure that adequate security is provided.
“What happened on that fateful day was unfortunate and the command does not want to encounter such again in this state or elsewhere.
“Every single person or group coming for the burial will be adequately screened because the command sees the security of the people as our number one priority.”
The son of the deceased (Bishop) told journalists on Thursday that everything had been put in place to give his father a befitting burial.
He said he was still pained by what happened, adding that God would not allow such calamity to befall the community again.