LAGOS, (Xinhua) --
Nigerian police on Wednesday identified two
suspects behind the killing of 18 worshipers at St. Philip
Catholic Church in southeast Anambra State.
Police chief in
charge of the state Garba Umar, told reporters that the duo are
serving murder sentences in South Africa.
The suspects are
identified as Prince Charles Obi and Dickson Nwodi.
At least 18 people
were killed by gunmen while 10 others were injured when
attending Sunday mass at the church on Aug. 6.
He said Obi and
Nwodi who hailed from Nnobi and Oba communities of Anambra, had
mandated Quintus Anayo, also based in South Africa, to inform
Ozubulu elders that they were behind the invasion.
said the account on Anayo was in line with the investigation of
police into the matter.
He said police had
established contact with Interpol on the need to extradite the
suspects from South Africa to Nigeria.
According to him,
police in the state were already intensifying arrangements to
arraign the three suspects earlier arrested in connection with
the killings within the week.
Police and the state
government had blamed the invasion and killings on drug war