Kogi: Gunmen invade church, kill three, injure others
HURIWA condemns attack, says state becoming lawless
Two persons have been reportedly killed, while three others sustained injuries when unknown gunmen attacked a Celestial Church located in Felele, Lokoja, Kogi State.
The Guardian gathered that the incident happened late Sunday evening, behind NNPC Mega station in Felele.
An eyewitness said the gunmen who were fully armed stormed the church and started shooting sporadically.
It was further learnt that two people died instantly, while others scampered for safety.
The injured victims were said to be receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Lokoja.
Another eyewitness said: “When they entered, they started shooting at everyone outside the church. I went and hid inside a cassava farm where the leaves were soaked. What I saw yesterday was like an action film in a movie.”
Contacted, spokesperson for Kogi State Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), William Ovye Aya confirmed the incident.
According to him, hoodlums invaded the Church and started shooting at worshippers.
“It was a distress call that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of B Division Felele received that hoodlums invaded a Celestial Church behind NNPC mega station and they began shooting. Two people were confirmed dead in the hospital, while three are receiving treatment.
“The Commissioner of Police has deployed our operatives, and ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of investigation, to commence probe to unravel the cause of the attack, with a view to arresting the perpetrators,” he said.
MEANWHILE, a human rights group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has condemned the attack.
The rights group regretted that Kogi State is becoming a hotbed of terrorists actions, targeting citizens because the government has done nothing significant to deal decisively with such criminal acts of terrorism targeting a significant percentage of her citizens.
The group in a statement by its national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, expressed sadness at the terror attack and also condemned the recent coordinated arson attack targeting the complex of the Kogi State House of Assembly.
Condemning the spate of attacks on Churches in Kogi State, masterminded by suspected armed ISWAP terrorists, HURIWA asked Kogi State government to put measures in place to stamp out the attacks on places of worship.
“In August 2021, three members of the Living Faith Church Worldwide located in the Osara community, Adavi Local Council were kidnapped by gunmen inside the church premises.
“In September 2021, gunmen killed a member of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) and abducted two others during an attack on the church located along Kabba-Okene road.
“We call on the Kogi State governor to stop playing with the crucial issue of security and settle down to the arduous task of delivering his most primary duty to the good people of Kogi State, which is to protect the life and property of the citizens,” the group said.