Bandits attack church during service, open fire on worshippers in Kaduna

27 September, 2021

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked the Evangelical Church of Winning All (ECWA), Gavaciwa in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, gunning down a worshipper while several others were left injured.

It was learnt that the incident occurred on Sunday morning while worship was going on in the church.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Sunday night by the State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.

The Commissioner also disclosed that the gunmen killed one Nasiru Abdullahi of Gobirawan Kamacha in Bina community of Igabi Local Government Area after the church operation.

He stated that Governor Nasir El-Rufai had condemned the attacks and condoled with the families of those who lost their lives during the unfortunate incident.

Aruwan who quoted El-Rufai to have said that the attack on the worshippers was a divisive intent of the criminals who play on religious sensitivity, revealed that scores of the injured worshippers were immediately rushed to hospitals.

The commissioner said, “The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned in the strongest terms an attack against worshippers on Sunday morning by gunmen.

“Security agencies reported to the Government that the attack occurred at ECWA Church, Gabaciwa in Kachia Local Government.

“According to the report, a life was lost and some worshippers were seriously injured, who have been rushed to a medical facility.

“The security agencies are obtaining further details, on which the government will update the public in due course.

“The governor who expressed sadness over the incident, described it as an evil act targeting innocent citizens exercising their constitutional and universal rights to religious freedom.

“The Governor added that the attack on the worshippers was a divisive intent of the criminals leveraging on religious sensitivity.

“The governor condoled the ECWA Church and the family of the deceased in particular, and prayed for the repose of the soul of the worshipper.”

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