Following a press release from Anambra State Police Commissioner, Garba Umar that the shooting of worshippers at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Ozubulu was caused as a result of a feud between two brothers living in South Africa over a failed drug business, it was gathered that one Bishop whose real name is Aloysius Ikegwuonu was the target of the attack, theCable reports.

Governor Willie Obiano after visiting the church confirmed Umar’s claim.

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Reports have it that the gunman had invaded the church in search of Ikegwuonu, popularly known as “Bishop”, who is said to be having a prolonged misunderstanding with a relative whose name is yet to be ascertained.

Although not much is known about Ikegwuonu, there are reports that he is a drug dealer based in South Africa.

According to reports, in 2015, a gang war broke out in South Africa between two drug cartels which led to deaths of over 15 people, both in South Africa and Nigeria.

Despite the negative reputation, people in his community see him as a philanthropist.

He is said to have tarred some roads in his community – Amakwa Ozubulu in Ekwusigo local government area – and had also contributed to the building of St. Aloysius Church of Divine Mercy, still in Ozubulu.

In fact, on May 1, 2017, the governor was billed to inaugurate some of the roads Ikegwuonu tarred in his community.

A billboard containing information of the governor’s visit in honour of Ikegwuonu

Ikegwuonu with Obiano during the inspection of a road project

Ikegwuonu was also conferred with the ozo title – one of the most revered positions in Igbo land – by Igwe of Umuje (a.k.a Igwe Talu Nchara), according to a December 2014 post.

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