Stella Dimoko Ozubulu Massacre: Witness Alleges Threat To His Life And Demands For Protection


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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Ozubulu Massacre: Witness Alleges Threat To His Life And Demands For Protection

The third prosecuting witness in the trial of the suspects in the August 6, 2017 killings in a Catholic Church in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Chief Osita Okosieme, Friday told the Nnewi High Court that his life was under threat by unknown persons.

The witness, who raised the alarm while being led in evidence by the Prosecuting Counsel, Jay Jay Ezeuko (SAN) said he received calls from unknown persons from Ghana three days to his appearance to the court warning him not to come to court to bear witness.

He said, “My Lord, I got text messages and I got calls from Ghana, they said they will kill me if I attend court today to give evidence. They sent the threats through text messages and I also got calls from Ghana. “I urge the court to give me protection today and henceforth.”

Reacting to the witness’ alarm, the Defense Counsel, Mr. Festus Kayemo asked Okesieme to be free to disclose the identity of those that threatened him, so the court can take it up.

Keyamo said, “What you are doing is in line with the law, you are trying to help the court to unravel those involved in the heinous killing, if they are from our side (defense) we shall personally take it up.”

On his side, the Prosecuting Counsel urged the court to ensure that all the witnesses are protected because, “this is having a chilling effect on our witnesses.”

In his evidence in-chief, Okosieme said one Opanga saw him in a hotel in Awka and said it had been long he had been looking for him and would want to tell him something about the Ozubulu killing.

He said, “When I asked him what he wanted to tell me, he said Bishop added his name in the list of people who carried out the shooting at Ozubulu. That he would want me to link him with Bishop so that he will tell him that he was not among the people that carried out the shooting. That he would want to tell me the truth, that somebody told him about the job but he declined to join. When I asked him who was the person that told him about the job, he said Nwa Atani who was previously in South Africa but came back to Nigeria because of problem. He said he and Nwa Atani were previously arrested before he, Opanka was granted bail. Opanka was so desperate to see Bishop but I told him that Bishop travelled but after four days Bishop returned and went to the Police cell and saw Nwa Atani and confirmed that he knew him as Dog.”

In his own evidence, the fourth prosecution witness, Mr. Leonard Ndulue said he was in the church on the fateful day. He said he sustained injury on his right hand from one of the gunmen who he pointed to the court among the four accused.

He said, “The event happened during the consecration of the Holy Communion, I had a gunshot, and when I looked up I had an eye contact with the gunman and shortly after I got a gun wound and fell down as if I was dead. From the floor, I was observing the gun man. The gun man tried to change his magazine and it fell and while picking the magazine, his face cap fell. I managed to crawl out and on the floor I heard a voice saying Dog, Dog, let’s go and the gun man came out and followed the one calling Dog and they left.”

After the cross examination, the presiding judge, Justice F. I. Aniukwu adjourned the matter to March 2 and March 16 for continuation of hearing.

From Daily Post


  1. Linda Eze gerrin here.
    The truth must come out, Afam oba and his friend in South African jail ordered the hit through Obrocho while Opanka and dog carried out the attack. They will suffer.

  2. Onye gba mmanwu egbe owere isi ya buru! Whoever that is involved in this church shooting have the Holy Spirit to contend with! Some ordinary things are not ordinary.

    Just Krix!

  3. Can someone gather enough morale to carry out such attack in ogwugwu shrine?
    Christ church is bigger than any shrine u can think of and someone went there without fear and murdered innocent worshipers thinking that God will be silent and wait for judgement day! Mbanu.

    Just Krix!

  4. God will fight for those innocent souls

  5. It's quite risky testifying as a witness to a crime in Nigeria. Who will protect them? A country where there's no witness protection. I pray not to find myself in this situation.


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