Chief Aloysius Ikegwuonu also known as Bishop and Ebubechukwuzo who is being linked with the attack on the worshippers of St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday has warned the media to retract his name from what he called defamatory story linking him to the mayhem.
Ikegwuonu who made this known in a statement he issued Tuesday warned that failure to do so and any further story linking of his name with the church killings would force him to take legal action against the purveyors of the defamatory false story.
He insisted that knew nothing about the church killings and that he had never been involved in drugs even as he claimed that he had never been arrested or convicted anywhere in the world.
His statement reads;
“My attention has been drawn to a social media campaign where it is alleged that I am connected to the Ozubulu church killing over a drug problem.
“For the avoidance of any doubt I wish to inform the general public that I know nothing about the church killings and i have never been involved in drugs.
“I have never been arrested or convicted anywhere in the world. My businesses are legitimate businesses, duly registered. Apart from warehousing and wholesale of goods I am also a contractor involved in the construction of roads and infrastructure in Nigeria.
“It’s shameful that Nigerians and the media don’t verify any story before running with them.
“The handwork of those who are jealous of my success and who are determined to tarnish my image is evident.
“The Church killings is an unprecedented evil that deserves full investigation to unmask the perpetrators.
“We await investigations and full police report of the church attack.
“In the meantime I request all social media and media houses to retract my name from the defamatory stories linking me with the church killing.
“Failure to do so and any further linking of my name with the church killings will force me to take legal action against the purveyors of the defamatory false story”.
Recall that Chief Ikegwuonu was said to be the person targeted by the attackers who first went to his house looking for him but met his absence and then decided to look for him at the church where they opened fire on innocent worshippers leaving scores dead and many injured.
Preliminary investigations by the Anambra State Police command had linked the incident to a fight which started in South Africa between two brothers of the town which they decided to bring home to Nigeria.
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