Anambra Shooting: My Boss Not Drug Baron – Aide

An aide to Aloysius Ikegwuonu, alias ‘Bishop’, one of the alleged drug barons fingered in the Sunday shooting at St Peters’ Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Anambra State, Jovita Offomata has dispelled the stories making the rounds that his principal was a drug baron.
This is even as the state Governor, Willie Obiano said in Abuja on Tuesday shot down the insinuations that Boko Haram was responsible for the attack
The Church attack claimed no fewer than 12 lives and 40 injured persons
But Offomata said the stories portraying ‘bishop’ as a drug peddler were evil and malicious.
Offomata who said he had been the chairman of a foundation set up by Ikegwuonu in Ozubulu for years, said he was a school mate to Bishop.
He said his boss was an innocuous and pious man which had made him build three churches for his Ozubulu community.
He described the police preliminary investigation as corroborated by the state Governor, that the attack was a gang war imported into the state from abroad as false and unfounded.
He said his principal was an estate developer as well as an international business man.
Addressing newsmen at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists on Monday night, Offomata described the incident at St Philips Church as a terror attack that had nothing to do with the disagreement over a business transaction as alleged.
He said, “My boss resides in South Africa. He is into estate development and importation of beverages and spare parts from China. He had developed many estates in South Africa and Nigeria which he sold to many people.
“He has built three churches in the community and through the foundation has assisted so many people; including scholarships to indigent students and empowered others in Ozubulu and beyond.
Governor Obiano dismissed claims that Sunday’s killing at the St. Paul Catholic Church in Ozobulu was carried out by Boko Haram militants or separatist group.
The Governor, who spoke in Abuja after collecting his nomination form for the state governorship election, also said the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) posed no threat to the smooth conduct of the November 18 election in the state.
The Governor was responding to claim that the Anambra church attack was carried out by terrorists.
He said: “Let me make this point. Ozobulu killing was not the kind of terrorism you use to know. It is not by Boko haram or anybody. Again it is not by people agitating for separation. It is a feud between two gangsters that live outside Nigeria.
“They killed themselves over there and they decided to come home and both of them are from that village where the church is built. We have picked up some guys already and very soon, I’m very confident that we are going to pick up the guy that did the killings dead or alive.”

Author: News Editor

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