A tragic event played out at a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Azia, Anambra State, after gunmen stormed the church and killed three family members.
The Gunmen who are yet to be identified attacked and killed a man, his wife, daughter, and one other while worshipping on Wednesday, February 3.
The deceased were identified as Kenneth Emekwasianya, 70, Grace Emekwasianya, 56, his wife, Chioma Emekwasianya, their daughter, 36, and Emeka Ntukokwu, 42, a secondary school teacher.
An eyewitness account revealed that the deceased were in the church for their midweek service.
It was gathered that the masked gunmen rode into the church premises on a motorcycle, walked into the church and rained bullets on the affected persons and thereafter took the keys of Mercedes C Class car belonging to Mr Emekwasianya.
The accomplices of the masked man who were lurking around entered the Mercedes Benz and sped off with it.
However, the car, which developed a gear problem, was abandoned in Okija, a neighbouring town to Azia.
According to a report which is yet to be verified states that th killers left a note stating that Mr Kenneth was killed because he collected the money the Niger Delta Power Holding Company paid to the community as compensation for the destruction of an economic tree and other structures while the company implemented the National Integrated Power Project, NIPP, in Azia.
Part of the note read:
“Keep on running but you cannot hide all the time. You took our money.”
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