Gunmen kill cathedral security guard after Soludo visit – The Sun Nigeria

From Obinna Odogwu, awka

armed men, at around 10 p.m. Monday attacked St. Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral in Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area in Anambra State, killing its security guard.

The ugly incident took place hours after the governor of the state, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, attended a religious service held at the same cathedral. It was organized to mark the end of the sit-at-home order observed every Monday in the Southeast and parts of the South-South.

Religious and traditional leaders in the Southeast geopolitical zone had in conjunction with the Anambra State government decided to hold a special religious service across the region on Monday to seek divine intervention on the level growing insecurity in the region.

It was also to officially end the observation of the sit-at-home order decreed by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

Soludo had during his inaugural speech after being sworn in as governor revealed that the South East loses billions of naira every Monday from the ghost town sighting.

He lamented that Anambra alone lost an estimated N19.6 billion even as many businesses moved to other states. He said most of the money generated in the state comes from artisans who are largely hit hard by the ghost town order.

“A significant portion of our state’s economy is fueled by craftsmen, Keke stokers, vulcanizers, hairdressers, cart pushers, petty traders, masons, women frying akara and all those who depend on daily toil and sweat to feed their families.

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“Every day there is a ‘sit at home’, these poor masses are losing an estimated N19.6 billion in Anambra alone. Due to the protracted breakdown of law and order, businesses are relocating out of Igbo lands, with rising unemployment, and traders who came to shop in Onitsha, Aba, etc. go elsewhere,” Soludo lamented.

Determined to end the observation of the sit-at-home order, Soludo urged market leaders to open various markets in the state on Monday. He also ordered government employees to be at their work stations on the same day.

Sources in Ekwulobia told the Daily Sun that the gunmen fired several shots in the air before fleeing the scene. One of them said there were bullet holes in the doorway of the cathedral.

“Soludo attended mass in the church around 11 a.m. But around 10:05 p.m., we heard gunshots in the area of ​​the church. The gunmen killed a security guard in the cathedral. They shot him in the stomach,” he said.

When contacted, state police public relations officer DSP Tochukwu Ikenga confirmed the incident but said the gunmen had not specifically targeted the cathedral. He said they only fired shots along the road to scare people in the area.

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