Some masqueraders attacked the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Ukeh, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State on Friday night.
Information gathered that the masqueraders allegedly invaded the worship ground in droves, beat up members and attempted to whisk away the Spiritual Director of the centre, Rev Fr. Emmanuel Obimma.
One person was feared dead in the attack while about 30 others sustained injuries.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nkeiruka Nwode, confirmed the incident.
She said three suspects had been arrested in connection with the attack.
She, however, denied that the masqueraders attacked the police officers from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad who intervened.
It was learnt that the masqueraders were celebrating the ‘Uzo Iyi festival.
A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “The leadership of the church called the SARS operatives to protect worshippers. On arrival, the operatives arrested three masqueraders who were involved in the extortion, but their colleagues attempted to stop them from taking the arrested masqueraders away, prompting SARS operatives to shoot into the air before taking them away.”
But a personal assistant to Obimma, Mr. Francis Okoye, told SUNDAY PUNCH that a Catholic Priest, Rev. Father Henry Nnajiofor, a seminarian and 28 others were injured during the attack on the worshippers.
He said, “When the SARS left, they regrouped and came in large numbers to the Adoration premises, beating everybody, including the elderly, the sick and pregnant women.
“Our youths, in defence, pursued them and arrested one masquerader who was handed over to the officials of the Nigerian Army that came to our rescue.”