Hoodlums attack places of worship in Kaduna, wounded two
We are still counting our loses – Victims
//Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna//
HOODLUMS, numbering about fifty, over the weekend attacked three white garment churches around Ngwan Baro, Chikun local government area of Kaduna State left two critically wounded.
Eye witness accounts reports say the incident happened around 5pm penultimate Friday when some worshipers were praying in their respective local churches when the hoodlums struck.
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer in the State, DSP Zubairu Abubakar, who confirmed the incident, said one Akim Samuel of ECWA church has been arrested in connection to the attack.
He further disclosed that preliminary investigation revealed that the perpetrators are Christian youths.
He also confirmed the death of 20-year-old ThankGod Peter, who went to Ferroro river with his friend to swim and got drowned in the process shortly before the attack. His corpse according to him has been taken to the mortuary while investigation continues.
Efforts he said have been intensified to arrest the fled suspects for full scale investigation.
Narrating her ordeal to Daily Sun yesterday, Founder, Redemption Hill Church, Prophets Julianah Adebayo, said the miscreants were pursuing people from nearby prayer mountain with iron rod and other deadly weapons, brutalizing anyone at sight and in the process broken into her church where about N250, 000 cash apart from phones and other valuables were carted away.
According to her, “they came in several tricycles and launched attack in churches. We don’t know the reason for their action. We have never experience any situation like this in 25 years of our living here.
“People were praying inside the church so the front door was open. They came in and as you can see they destroyed our pupit, broke all our windows, went away with about N250, 000 offering, beat to pulp, collected phones, money and other valuables of people in the church as at that time.
“They were saying Police cannot do them anything. But we know that if Police want to do their job, they will get all of them arrested in no distant time,” she explained.
Another victim of the attack, who sustained varying degrees of wounds and Founder of Holy Michael Church, Ngwan Baro, Kaduna, Prophet Yusuf Joseph, described the experience as “worrisome.”
“At about 5:30 pm, I was praying on the mountain when I saw some boys coming with wood and all that. They sighted me on the mountain and started shouting ‘kill him kill him he’s one of the prophets we want to kill’. They beat me and I kept running. I sustained wounds all over my body.
“When I eventually managed to escape, with little energy in me, I went straight to the police station and narrated my ordeal. They came with me almost immediately and pursue the hoodlums but one of them was arrested and we belief will mention others,” he added.
On what could have led to the attack, he said, “it was when we got to the police station we learnt that two drunk tricycle riders went to a river here in Ferroro to swim and one of them drowned in the process.
“What we are yet to know is the link between what happened and churches in the area. They spoil a lot of things in those churches close to the mountain,” he concluded.
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