On Wednesday, February 3, unknown gunmen killed a man, his wife, daughter and one other during worship at the Seven-Day Adventist Church in Azia, Anambra State.
Kenneth Emekwasianya, 70, Grace Emekwasianya, 56, his wife, Chioma Emekwasianya, their daughter, 36, and Emeka Ntukokwu, 42, a secondary school teacher, were in the church for their midweek service when a masked gunman came into the premises in an okada, shot the affected victims and fled with the keys of Mercedes C Class car belonging to Mr Emekwasianya.
An eyewitness said the colleague of the masked man who was lurking around, sped off with the Mercedes, which later developed a fault due to a gear problem at Okija, a neighbouring town to Azia.
Reports claim that the gunmen left a note saying 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.”
Confirming the incidence, the spokesperson of the police said; “Investigation is ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident and effort is being intensified in order to arrest perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to justice.”