The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law has urged the Criminal Investigation Department of the Nigeria Police and the International Police to investigate the Ozubulu massacre.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees of Intersociety, Mr Emeka Umeagbalasi, in a statement on Wednesday in Enugu said that the gravity and dimension of the incident called for a thorough investigation by a team of crack detectives.
The group emphasised the need for the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the department, Mr. Dagala Medgu, to direct the investigations into the Ozubulu Church massacre as a matter of urgency and public importance.
“We fear deeply that there is the high possibility that innocent members of the public are being arrested with reckless abandon while the real culprits possibly hide and cool off in the comfort of their hideouts within or outside Anambra State and the country.
“It is also possible that the assailants have successfully returned to their base abroad immediately after the massacre.’’
As stated by him, the military and police have also beefed up security in and around the Ozubulu community.
Umeagbalasi noted that thorough forensic investigations, with inputs from INTERPOL, would help to unravel the perpetrators of the crime wherever they might be hiding.
It would be recalled that unidentified gunmen on Aug. 6, invaded St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, near Nnewi, killed 12 worshippers instantly, while 20 others sustained various degrees of injuries.