Police arrest and parade 3 suspects in connection with Deeper Life Church shooting in Kogi

Posted: August 9, 2012 in Security

Police authorities in Kogi State yesterday arrested three persons for alleged involvement in the Monday’s attack on the Deeper Life Bible Church in Otite, Okehi Local Government Area of the state and killing of two soldiers at the Okene Central Mosque.

The state Police Commissioner, Alhaji Muhammed Musa Katsina, while parading the three suspects before newsmen at the police headquarters in Lokoja, said that his men apprehended the terrorists at Ibilo in Edo State after a tip-off.

Among the three suspects was a middle aged woman, whom the police said preliminary investigation revealed that she was an accessory after the fact.

“This woman was said to have assisted the wounded terrorists under the cover of darkness to Ibilo after the exchange of fire with the police during the attack,” he said.

Katsina explained that while effecting the arrest, the hoodlums engaged the policemen in a fierce gun battle until they fell to the superior power of the law enforcement.

He said many of them escaped with serious injuries, but two were arrested on the spot.

The commissioner, who also confirmed the arrest of some politicians in connection with the dastardly acts in the area, added that as an intelligent community, they were using general approach syndrome to uncover the mystery surrounding the killings.

He called on the medical centres in Kogi and Edo states not to admit anybody with bullet wounds to their hospital without a written permission from the police, stressing that some of the hoodlums ran away with bullet wounds.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the state yesterday declared a three-day fasting and prayer for divine intervention in the security situation of the country.

The state CAN Chairman, Archbishop Emmanuel Egbunu, disclosed this in Lokoja at a media briefing on the Otite church killings.

Bishop Egbunu, of the Anglican Diocese of Lokoja, said that while the attack was not an isolated one against Christians at worship in recent times, it was a new and dangerous dimension in Kogi.

“Our hearts are heavy over the cold blooded murder. This unprovoked attack against unarmed, innocent citizens right in the place of worship leaves us in no doubt that it was a premeditated, calculated and clearly targeted attack.

“We call on Christians to observe prayer and fast in their assemblies between Wednesday and Friday to implore divine intervention in our nation and state. This should be continued in the foreseeable future.

The CAN chairman, however, reminded the perpetrators that “God will call everyone to account for every unprovoked bloodshed in times of peace and His justice cannot be escaped however long it takes.”

The Archbishop also called on all Nigerians to turn to God in true repentance, saying sin and wickedness constituted a reproach that could only lead to more darkness.

He implored people of goodwill to join in the campaign against ethical and moral bankruptcy in the country. Egbunu commended Governor Idris Wada and the security chiefs in the state for their prompt response to the situation even as he decried the increasing surge of insecurity and “the abuse of Christian grace and forbearance.”

He said CAN and the Council of Ulama in the state were forging peaceful co-existence and urged Christian and Muslim youths to strengthen the resolve by rejecting evil acts under any guise.

The state Overseer of the Deeper Life Christian Bible Church, Pastor Raymond Ogunjobi, who was also present at the briefing, said that 17 persons died in the onslaught against 16 the media reported.

Ogunjobi said 15 members of the church were gunned down and died on the spot while two died on their way to the hospital, adding that 10 injured persons were receiving treatment at Okene General Hospital with eight at Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.



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