People have lost their lives in Ozubulu, but the youths are not ready to take it lying face-down.

The youths, under the aegis of Ozubulu Youths Association, OYA, on Monday protested the reopening of St Philip’s Catholic Church, Amakwa Ozubulu, Anambra State barely a week after gunmen attacked worshipers.

The youths are very angry.

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They are particularly angry that their people were attacked and killed without provocation but angrier that the police have been unable to arrest and punish those behind the attacks.

The youths, who marched from Ozubulu motor park opposite Ekwusigo Local Government headquarters in Ozubulu, to Ozubulu Police station, and to the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, Obi Fidelis Nnamdi Oruche said they have had enough of attacks on innocent people of the community.

Addressing newsmen after the peaceful protest, President of OYA, Mr Emeka Anakwe, a Port Harcourt-based Clearing and Forwarding Agent, said it was worrisome that a church, where over 13 people were killed by gun-men, would be reopened for service one week after the attack, when investigation into the matter has not been concluded, contrary to the earlier promise by the Nnewi Diocese.

“The youths of Ozubulu are concerned about the attack because the entire people of Ozubulu are now living in fear. We cannot sleep comfortably anymore because of fear of recurrence.

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“We have in the past, seen a situation where a security man was caught with fresh human head and was arrested but when we did not see him being prosecuted, we started asking questions, but we were told that the matter is in the court.

“We are not happy that when incidents like this happen, it is swept under the carpet. We are peaceful people, we are not into crime,” said Anakwe who condemned the attack on the innocent worshipers.

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