Kogi church attack: Police nab 4 suspects, traditional rulers

(m) at 9-08-2012 03:16AM (7 years ago)

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«§» 9 August 2012

Barely 48 hours after gunmen attacked Deeper Life Bible Church in Otite, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State, leaving 20 worshippers dead and several injured, Kogi State Police Command, yesterday, announced that it had arrested the leader of the gang at Ibillo, EdoState.

Three other suspects and some traditional rulers were also arrested over the incident.

Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Katsina said: “Some of the traditional rulers arrested from the area were already making useful statements and were being sorted out. Whoever is found culpable would be made to face the law.”

A statement by Force Spokesman, CSP Frank Mba, on the breakthrough said: “Acting on intelligence, crack detectives investigating the case stormed a criminal hideout in Idare Hills of Okene, suspected to be a safe haven for the hoodlums wreaking havoc in the state.

“On sighting the Policemen, the hoodlums opened fire on them, prompting a gun duel. In the ensuing battle, the gang leader identified as Yekini Isah of Obehira area of Okene, sustained injury on his head.

“Though he initially escaped from the scene, he was trailed and arrested in a hideout at Ibilo inEdoState, where he was receiving treatment from traditional healers for his gun wounds.

“Two other suspects, including a female, were arrested during the operation. One AK-47 rifle with 30 rounds of live ammunition was also recovered from the criminals.”

Kumuyi reacts

General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, has expressed deep sadness and sorrow at the attack.

He said: “It is hard to reconcile that peace-loving people, sitting in their church, and listening to Bible Study were gunned down in cold blood by people they had done nothing to provoke.”

Pastor Kumuyi described the attack as “not only wicked, but utterly premeditated.”

He urged the government to come to terms with the fact that a large number of people are being sent to their early graves, even as law enforcement agents seem unable to provide the required protection for all law-abiding citizens. All these, he said, have implications for the progress, development and well being of the nation.

He noted that these killings and destruction have been going on particularly in the northern part of the country for too long. Each time they occurred, he observed, the usual condemnations are made, but thereafter, the people are left without any assurance of their security and safety. No nation can continue this way, he added.

Kumuyi urged more prayers by Christians across the nation, adding that when Christians pray, the Almighty God answers.

He said: “If the body of Christians would rise up and pray, and the law enforcement agencies would intensify their efforts to combat this creeping instability, the killings and destruction in our country would be stemmed.”

Kumuyi urged all Christians not to despair, adding “in times like these, when there is so much fear across the land, all Christians must see it as an opportunity to serve God more fervently.”

He sent his condolences to the families of all those who were killed in the attack, and prayed for the quick recovery of all those injured by the gunmen. He assured them that he will continue to pray for them.

Canada offers help

Meanwhile, Canadian government has offered to helpNigeriatackle the menace of terrorism. It condemned the mass murder of worshippers in Otite,KogiState.

Foreign Affairs Minister ofCanada, Mr. John Baird, in a statement, inAbuja, said: “I am deeply saddened by the cowardly murder by gunmen of parishioners, who were gathered in worship at a church in the town ofOtiteinKogiState.

“Canadaurges all people inNigeriato work with the Nigerian government to counter terrorism and bring to justice those responsible for this reprehensible crime. No one should have to practice his or her faith in fear.Canadawill continue to stand up for religious freedom.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I will like to extend my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those killed in these attacks, and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”

zeigbo (m) at 9-08-2012 03:30AM
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I know that they will never go free Sad

Cenation (m) at 9-08-2012 03:35AM
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But y d police kill d traditional rulers nah.
feferiti (m) at 9-08-2012 06:25AM
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 Huh? part of the game just started ,the associate member that create bokoharam want to help ,in reducing their menace,thanks to canada our police are doing their best,if fg are not collaborators, let them help  with more security apparatus.
aso4life1 (m) at 9-08-2012 06:31AM
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God don arrest them

BendelArmedRobb (m) at 9-08-2012 06:37AM
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 Goodluck Jonathan don thief pot of Egusi Soup wen Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahil Badamasi Babangida wan use te Eba.......Naija  una too much oo  coffee wey I dey drink for hia comot for my nose as I read this.
chicco77 (f) at 22-08-2012 09:39AM
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 Sad Sad Sad Sad
chealseafc (m) at 22-08-2015 12:00AM
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wasted generation.