Unknown gunmen, on Wednesday, killed a man, his wife, daughter, and one other person in a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Azia, Anambra State.
According to reports, the deceased persons identified as Kenneth Emekwasianya, 70, Grace Emekwasianya, 56, and their daughter, Chioma Emekwasianya, 36, a secondary school teacher, were in the church for a midweek service.
The other victim was identified as 42-year-old Emeka Ntukokwu.
It was said that the gunmen who wore masks came to the church premises on a motorcycle.
Eyewitnesses told the police that one of the gunmen walked into the church, rained bullets on the victims and took the car keys of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class belonging to Kenneth.
He and his accomplices who were lurking around the church, got into the car and sped off.
However, it was reported that the car developed a gear problem and was abandoned in Okija, a neighbouring town to Azia.
Mohammed Haruna, the police command spokesperson confirmed the incident.
He said investigation is ongoing to unravel the circumstance surrounding the “dastardly act”.
“Investigation is ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident and effort is being intensified in order to arrest perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to justice,” he said.