Boko Haram Strikes In Adamawa Again, Kills Pastor, Son, 14 Other Worshippers During Church Service In Yola
The presiding pastor in charge of Christ Apostolic Church, Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa state, and his son along with 14 other members of the church were on Friday night shot dead by members of the dreaded boko haram militant group during a church service.
Apart from the Pastor in charge of the church,identified as Moses, and his son, his wife is also battling for survival at the emergency ward of the State’s Specialist Hospital in Yola, where about 30 others who were critically injured in the attack are presently receiving treatment. The attack is coming barely 24 hours after about 26 non indigenes were murdered in a similar gun attack.
Ruffled by the serial killings of innocent citizens in Adamawa, the state governor, Murtala Nyako in a broadcast today imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in the state capital.
The Commissioner of Police in Adamawa State, Mr. Shinaba Adenrele however escaped being killed by some angry youths.
It was gathered that about nine suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect had stormed the CAC church along Church Road in Yola in three motor-cycles at about 7pm and sprayed the worshippers with hot bullets, killing 16 Worshippers including the pastor and his son while the church service was midway. Corpses of the dead have been deposited in the mortuary of the state specialist hospital where about 30 others who sustained gunshots wounds are also being treated.
In a state wide broadcast later today, Governor Nyako who has largely been criticized for poor performance bemoaned the development while announcing a dusk to dawn curfew.
According to the governor : “It is with a very heavy heart that I am addressing you on the unprecedented security situation in the state. It is only a year ago that I was state was being adjudged as the most peaceful and secured in the North-East political zone. The state has enjoyed very cordial relationship among all persons residing in the state.
“Unfortunately, we are presently witnessing a spate of wanton killing unheard of in the state. In the last four days in the state, the state has suddenly started experiencing the following disastrous acts.
“One, a robbery in a residential building in Mubi on Wednesday 4th January 2012 left an Igbo man and his son dead while the robbers went away with large sums of money.
“Two, about the same day, there was a robbery at Mubi Cattle Market where many people were robbed.
“On the evening of 5th January 2012, three men- two Igbo men and a Yoruba man- were shot dead at a beer parlour in Mubi.
“Fourth, on the morning of 6th January 2012, while a group was planning the burial of the two Igbo men killed, gunmen opened fire killing 11 people.
“Fifth, same day in the evening, an attack at the Apostolic Church Jimeta, Yola left 12 people dead.
“Fellow citizens, there are no reasons, let alone excuses, for these murderers. For the cold blooded killing of these people and others now in hospital and clinics.
“The first set of those acts which were meted to persons of same ethnic and religious background, clearly meant to provoke us to consider the motive of the murders as ethnic or religious. We are not accepting that.
“These are evil and criminal acts, clearly horrible, ill-motivated and irreligious. The perpetrators are merely hiding under the guise of religion and ethnicity to cause disaffection among the people of Adamawa State.
“Whoever conceived these did so with the aim of disturbing the peace we enjoy in the state with its attendant adverse effects on security, harmony and socio-economic progress of the state. We must face the evil persons behind them squarely. They will not be allowed to destroy our dream of a peaceful and prosperous Adamawa State.
“Let me at this juncture announce a N25m award to any individual or group who provides credible information that leads to the arrest of the perpetrators of these crimes.
“I appeal to all non-indigenes of Adamawa, especially our Igbo, Yoruba and corper brothers and sisters, not to contemplate leaving the state but go about their normal businesses.
“The security agencies have taken all necessary steps to protect lives and property of everybody in the state.
“Let me also appeal to all concern not to take the law into their hands here in the state or outside the state. We are reaching out to our colleagues in other states to cooperate with us in soothing the obviously frayed nerves and angry relatives of the deceased.
“I send to them, especially the relatives of the deceased, and the maimed, the Government and people of Anambra State our deepest condolences. We also extend such condolences to the relatives of the victims of other criminal acts.
“I hereby assure you that the Adamawa State Government will bear all the burial and medical expenses on behalf of the families of those involved.
“Finally, I call on all the good people in the state to be calm and vigilant because this is sincerely a war between the good and the evil, and as always, the good shall prevail. Once again, may the souls of the departed rest in peace and experience fast recovery. Thank you and God bless.”