An eyewitness told Punchng that the gunmen had momentarily stopped at the Assemblies of God Church, on sighting some policemen at the church, they opened fire on them.
"When the firing became too hot, the policemen abandoned their patrol vehicle and ran away for safety.The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar confirmed the incident. He said it was not an attack on the church, adding “My men were on patrol near the church when they were attacked by some gunmen. It was not an attack on the church, in the real sense of it."
The gunmen moved to their patrol van and took a gun belonging to the policeman they killed." Another eyewitness said: "Gunmen on Okada (motorcycle ) shot a policeman and collected his rifle. .
They also shot dead an Okada man while escaping, and the passenger he was carrying was injured. The policeman was the one armed among his colleagues ; they were providing security while church service was going on at Assemblies of God Church, Oguta road Onitsha.