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Sit-At-Home: Suspected IPoB Members Disrupt Mass in Onitsha Catholic Church

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Suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPoB) have invaded a Catholic Church in the Awada area of Onitsha, Anambra State.

A member of the church while recounting her ordeal said the young men who wielded weapons such as clubs and liquid substance suspected to be fuel invaded the church while the morning mass was on, insisting to know from the presiding priest why a mass was being held on a day their leader will appear in court.

It was gathered the situation almost led to a stampede as worshippers made for the door, in an attempt to save their lives however, the presiding priest remained calm as he talked to the invaders which made them leave without attacking anyone or destroying any property.

It was reported that the suspected IPoB members also burnt a tricycle which they found on the road, while beating its driver to a pulp.

The source who didn’t want her name disclosed recounted her experience: “This morning I went for the 5:30am morning mass in my church, St Theresa of Kalkuta Parish in Awada, it is close to Ukaegbu junction.

“We were half way into the mass when some group of boys suspected to me member of IPOB entered the church. They were carrying sticks and even fuel. They went straight to the altar and were almost half way there.

“They approached our parish priest, Rev. Fr Joseph and asked him why he was celebrating mass on a day when their master was going to court. They were quite a number of them and were visibly angry.

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“Everybody in the church took to their heels. There would have been a stampede because there were a lot of people in the mass today. I ran to a building close to the church.

“Father Joseph told them we were holding mass today to pray for the release of Nnamdi Kanu. He used diplomacy to talk to them, and even asked them if they were really for ndigbo or against ndigbo? They now said okay, that if so, the people in the church were for them.

“They now called back everyone to continue the mass that they were now convinced that the church people were Biafrans. Some of us were so afraid that we could not return, so we went home from there. They apologised to the priest and left.

“The same group went out and saw a tricycle rider. No one knows why the man was outside because on sit-at-home days, you hardly find tricycle outside. They beat up the man and burnt his tricycle, and the tricycle is still there now smoking,” the source recounted.

 

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Ejike is a journalist, short story writer, poet (unpublished) and an open minded individual.

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