A Federal Government delegation led by Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, on Saturday condoled with Anambra State Government over the August 6, 2017 attack on worshippers at St Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state.
Members of the team included the 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, Alhaji Ibrahim Jubrin.
Handing over the two-page condolence message to Governor Willie Obiano, represented by his deputy, Dr. 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 worship, adding that he extended his deep sympathy to the government and people of Anambra State.
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, 2017.
“We are also going to visit the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, Most Rev. (Dr.) Hillary Okeke, who is the Shepard were it happened, and we are also go 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,” he said.
Responding, Obiano thanked the Federal Government for showing concern and sending the high-powered delegation, noting that was most expected.
Obiano said the incident was alien to the people of the state as it had not happened anywhere around it.
He said some arrests had been made and that investigation was ongoing.