Death Toll In Bauchi Church Bombing Hits Over 20…As Bishop Oyedepo Visits Scene, Curses Boko Haram
More deaths have been recorded in the Sunday suicide bombing of two churches in Yalwa area of Bauchi, with the latest death toll said to be over 20. The increase in death toll is coming even as Boko Haram today claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
Also today, the General Overseer of one of the affected churches, Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church, aka Winners Chapel visited the site of the attack where he rained curses on Boko Haram and other terrorists organizations troubling the country.
Oyedepo whose private jet landed at the Bauchi airstrip at about 1:50 pm local time was accompanied on the visit by Bishop David Abioye and other Bishops and senior pastors of the church. A visibly angry Oyedepo in a fiery prayer of vengeance pronounced curses on Boko Haram, other terrorists, their supporters and financiers in the country, prophesying an end to their activities.
Oyedepo who was received at the airstrip by the presiding pastor of living faith church in bauchi, Pastor Gaius Biyal, his wife and other senior pastors of the church, as well as the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN)in bauchi, Reverend Emeka Emefesi said: “We serve a God of vengeance who has vowed to avenge the saints. He will descend his instrument of death on the camp of the enemy. We invoke the vengeance of God on the camp of Boko Haram and their sponsors.
“We decree that this week is a week of vengeance and God will unleash his instrument of death on their camp. This month is a month of vengeance and so we release arrows of humiliating deaths on them”
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bauchi State, Reverend Lawi Pokti, has confirmed a rise in casualty figure in the attack. Speaking at a press conference in bauchi today, the CAN chairman disclosed that 20 Christians and a Muslim died in the Sunday bomb blast that rocked Winners Chapel and the Harvest Field Church.
Pokti said 12 of the deceased died as a result of the bomb blast while eight died as a result of wounds sustained from the gunshots of soldiers drafted to the scene to maintain law and order.
“Women and children have received various degrees of wounds from military bullets. As far as the civilised world is concerned, we see this as extra-judicial killing and an unfortunate worthy of all remorse by Nigerians”,he added.
Also, the Chief Medical Director,of the Unijos teaching hospital , Dr Mohammed Alkali has said that the hospital received 87 casualties out of which 61 were seriously injured persons and 16 dead bodies who were victims of the bomb blast, adding that two more persons died today.