Unidentified gunmen have on Sunday attacked an Assemblies of God Church on Oguta road, Onitsha, in Anambra State, killing one policeman and a motorcycle rider. This comes seven days after a gunman attacked St Philips Catholic Church in Ozubulu community, where he killed 13 persons and injured 27 others.
An eyewitness said that the gunmen stopped at the Church and opened fire on some policemen who were keeping watch while service was going on.
“When the firing became too hot, the policemen abandoned their patrol vehicle and ran away for safety.
“The gunmen moved to their patrol van and took a gun belonging to the policeman they killed. I saw two of the gunmen but I can’t say how many they are in number. He said.
Another eyewitness said, “Gunmen on Okada (motorcycle) shot a policeman and collected his rifle. They also shot dead an Okada man while escaping, and the passenger he was carrying was injured. The policeman was the one armed among his colleagues; they were providing security while church service was going on at Assemblies of God Church, Oguta road Onitsha”.
The state Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar, confirmed the incident. He however, said that it was not an attack on the church. He said: “My men were on patrol near the church when they were attacked by some gunmen. It was not an attack on the church, in the real sense of it”.