Led by his Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Valerian Maduka Okeke, the Archbishop and Metropolitan of Onitsha, other bishops in the convoy included Most Rev. Dr. Callistus Onaga of Enugu Diocese; Most Rev. Dr. Hilary Odili Okeke of Nnewi Diocese; Most Rev. Dr. John Ifeanyi Okoye of Awgu Diocese; Most Rev. Dr. Paulinus C. Ezeokafor of Awka; Most Rev. Dr. Dennis Isizu Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha; Most Rev. Dr. Jonas Benson Okoye Auxiliary Bishop of Awka; and the host Bishop Most Rev. Dr. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of Nsukka Diocese. Other Bishops who were in solidarity with the visit though they were not present were Most Rev. Dr. Michael Okoro of Abakiliki; Most Rev. Dr. Francis Okobo Emeritus Bishop of Nsukka and Most Rev. Dr. Anthony Okonkwo Gbuji the Emeritus Bishop of Enugu.
Said Archbishop Valerian Okeke over the incident:
“We heard what happened. It was scourging. It was sorrowful. It was so painful because if there was war, people would have known and prepared themselves. But to be sleeping or resting and all of a sudden one is besieged and invaded, it is very painful.
“However, the most painful side of the story is that we are told that those who committed this crime had no provocation from none of their victims. It is very bad.
“We appeal to governments and security agents to take up their responsibilities very seriously. If they are called upon, they should respond appropriately to prevent future occurrences. I want to tell you that we have been praying for you ever since we heard your sad stories. Be consoled. May God wipe your tears.”