Four suspects arrested in connection to the killings at St Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu
The killings which happened on August 6, 2017, claimed 13 lives while 22 sustained injuries
The suspects were arraigned on 37-count charge bordering on conspiracy and murder Four suspects were on Thursday arraigned before an Anambra State Magistrate Court sitting at Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area over their alleged involvement in the killings at St Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, on August 6.
It would be recalled that no fewer than 13 persons were killed and another 22 wounded in the early morning mayhem on worshippers. The suspects arraigned were Chinedu Akpunonu (44), Vincent Ike (57), Chukwudi Ugwu (30) and Onyebuchi Mbanefo (46), while three other suspects are still at large.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suspects were arraigned on 37-count charge bordering on conspiracy and murder. A South African-based businessman, Aloysius Ikegwuonu, whose father was killed in the attack, the Parish Priest of St Philip’s Catholic Church, Jude Onwuaso and six others were listed as witnesses in the matter.
“You thereby committed an offence punishable under ‘Section 274(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 36 vol. H revised paws of Anambra state of Nigeria 1991.
“That you Great Chinedu Akpunonu ‘m’, Vincent Ike ‘m’, Chukwudi Ugwu ‘m’ others now at large on the same date, place, time and within the aforementioned magisterial District did unlawfully kill one Anurika Obunadike ‘f’ by shooting her with a gun which caused her death.
“You thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 274(1) of the Crnal Code Cap 36 vol. H revised laws of Arian-144ra state of Nigeria 1991.” Okechukwu Ikenna, counsel to the first defendant (Akunononu), sought the leave of the court for medical treatment of his client who he said was “seriously ill”.
The prosecuting counsel, B.A. Onwuemekaghi opposed the application, saying such plea should come by writing and not oral. Application for bail for second, third and fourth defendants also failed as the magistrate, C.O Ezenwanne refused to grant the request.
The magistrate bound over the matter to High Court Nnewi for hearing on a yet to be announced date.