16th March, 2012
By Femi Adi/Kaduna
The pastor of the Assembly Church of God at Chikun district of Chikun local government area of Kaduna State and no fewer than nine other persons, including four members of the church, have been killed by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
A member of the church who gave his name as Bulus Joseph told P.M.News this evening via phone that the attackers came early Friday and shot sporadically at houses around the church.
He said members residing around the church who tried to escape were either shot or macheted.
Another member of the church, Timothy Zango, who also confirmed the attack to P.M.News narrated that the attackers, who came with guns and machetes raided the church area and killed the pastor, Reverend Innocent Mari and four others.
He further narrated that the attackers raided some other villages from till 3 a.m today
According to a pastor of Assembly of God Church in Kaduna who spoke to P.M.News on phone , the attackers gunned down Rev Mari in the presence of the wife ,Judith and two children.
“The killers I was told by our members there, killed with impunity and with no any resistance after which they left.” The pastor stated.
But from what was later gathered from the attacked area ,no fewer than nine persons were killed, while about five others injured are in critical condition at the hospital .
However, when P.M.News contacted Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer ,Aminu Lawan to confirm the case of the attack, he said the police Command has sent its men to the area for investigation and they are yet to report back.