The Magistrates’ Court sitting at Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra state, on Thursday arraigned four suspects over their alleged involvement in the killings that happened at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, on August 6.
The attack claimed the lives of no fewer than 13 persons and left about 22 injured.
Those arraigned before the court were Great Chinedu Akpunonu (44), Vincent Ike (57), Chukwudi Ugwu (30), and Onyebuchi Mbanefo (46). Three other suspects are still at large.
The counsel for the first defendant (Akunonu), Mr Okechukwu Ikenna, sought the leave of the court for his client, who was said to be “seriously ill”, to receive medical treatment.
The prosecuting counsel, B.A. Onwuemekaghi, opposed the application, saying such plea should come by writing and not oral.
Application for bail for the second, third and fourth defendants failed, as the magistrate, C.O. Ezenwanne, refused the application.
The matter was however referred to the High Court in Nnewi for hearing.