CHIDIEBUBE OKEOMA and TONY OKAFOR
The Catholic Bishop of Nnewi, Hilary Okeke, has said heads will roll in Ozubulu community if the perpetrators of the August 6 killings refuse to repent.
The bishop stated this when a delegation of the Federal Government paid him a courtesy visit at the Assumption Cathedral, Nnewi, on Saturday.
The Federal Government delegation was led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.
The bishop said the church had organised a special mass in the place, urging the perpetrators of the crime to repent.
He said, “The incident is terrible. I can’t say why and how it happened. We have celebrated mass in the place. The church in question has been sealed off. So, we had to use another church in the community to celebrate the mass to honour the souls of those who died and for the quick recovery of those who sustained injuries.
“We also prayed for the perpetrators to repent and accept the Christ. We are not saying that the government should not play their role by prosecuting them. For me as a Christian, I want them to repent so as to save their souls. Besides, if they don’t repent, more people will be involved.”
He said the Catholic Church in the area had set up a fundraising committee to assist the victims. The bishop urged the federal and state governments to help the families of the bereaved.
The bishop said, “This shows that the Federal Government cares for Nigerian citizens, whether they reside in the East, South, West or North.”
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