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Ozubulu attack: Ngige-led presidential delegation delivers FG’s condolences to Anambra

A President delegation led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Saturday condoled with Anambra Government over the August 6 attack on worshippers at St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Members of the team include Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah; Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama; and Minister of State for Environment, Mr. Ibrahim Jubrin.

Handing over the two-page condolence message to Governor Willie Obiano, who was represented by his deputy, Nkem Okeke, Ngige described the shooting as ‘unfortunate.’

He said the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, was deeply saddened by the news of the shooting and death of innocent worshippers, adding that he extended his deep sympathy to the government and people of Anambra.

The minister assured the government of Anambra that the Federal Government would cooperate with the state government in the effort to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.

“We have been delegated by the Acting President to come and condole with you on the sad shooting of innocent worshippers in Amakwa, Ozubulu, on August 6.

“We are also going to visit the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, Most Rev. Dr. Hillary Okeke, who is the shepherd were it happened, and we are also going to Amakwa to see things for ourselves.

“He (Acting President) said we should reassure you that the Federal Government will cooperate with the state to fish out the perpetrators,” Ngige said.

Responding, Obiano thanked the Federal Government for showing concern and sending the high-powered delegation, noting that it was not expected.

Obiano said the incident was alien to the people of the state, as it had not happened anywhere around it before.

He said some arrests had been made and that investigation was ongoing.

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