Anam­bra at­tack: Churches in Ozubulu record poor at­ten­dance

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Emma Elekwa, Awka

Churches Ozubulu, Ek­wusigo Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment of Anam­bra State yes­ter­day recorded poor at­ten­dance of parish­ioners fol­low­ing the Au­gust 6 at­tack that left 13 per­sons dead and scores in­jured in the St Philip’s Catholic Church.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the church au­di­to­rium, though filled up dur­ing the ser­vice, were more of jour­nal­ists, gov­ern­ment functionaries in and vis­i­tors who came from far and near to see the scene of the at­tack of penul­ti­mate Sun­day.

A res­i­dent of the area who pre­ferred anonymity, told our cor­re­spon­dent that mem­bers of the church who at­tended the ser­vice were very few, as they were still doubt­ful of their safety.

He said the mass was presided over by the par­ish priest, Rev Fr. Jude On­wua­sor af­ter Bishop of Nnewi Catholic Dio­cese, Most Rev Hi­lary Okeke had on the eve of Sun­day, con­ducted a holy cleans­ing of the church.

“Bishop of Nnewi Catholic Dio­cese, Most Rev Hi­lary Okeke had Sat­ur­day evening con­ducted a holy mass, cleans­ing the church of what has been de­scribed as a sac­ri­le­gious at­tack in the house of God by agents of dark­ness. He said the cleans­ing was to make the church fit for wor­ship again, af­ter it was des­e­crated by the at­tack­ers,” he said.

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