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No church attack in Anambra – Police

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The police in Anambra State have debunked the alleged invasion of a church in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area by hoodlums.

An online publication had alleged that suspected Umuleri boys invaded St Peter’s Church, Otoucha, attacked worshippers with machetes and killed some.

A statement by the police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, described the report as false, mischievous, orchestrated by mischief makers, and targeted at truncating the peace in the area.

Mohammed, however, said there was an attempted robbery in the early hours of the day at residential quarters near the church, which was foiled by the police.

He said: “The attention of the Anambra State Police Command has been drawn to online reports that “suspected Umuleri boys invaded St Peter’s Church in Otoucha Aguleri, early this morning and sliced worshippers with machetes.

“For the avoidance of doubt, there was attempted robbery at the early hours of today (yesterday) at residential quarters near St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Otoucha, which was foiled. The command has launched aggressive manhunt for the perpetrators to bring them to justice.”

Mohammed stressed that there was nothing to show that the incident was communal as alleged, saying no facts associated it with any community.

He warned those circulating the inciting publication to desist forthwith as anyone apprehended would face the full wrath of the law.

“The command also assures the citizens of adequate protection, urges them to disregard the false alarm and go about their legitimate business,” he added.

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