Unidentified gunmen on Monday opened fire in a crowded Deeper Life Church near the Federal College of Education in Okene, Kogi State, leaving 15 worshippers dead, and Governor Idris Wada vowing to smoke terrorists out of hissState.
The perpetrators of the heinous crime, said the governor who cut short a Ramadan state dinner, are “wicked, devilish, ungodly and deserve no place in a same society.”
Several other worshippers, according to the local government chairman in the area, were critically wounded in the attack.
Emergency workers said the casualty count most probably increased in a few hours. Soldiers and police from the Joint Task Force in the State cordoned off the area.
Mr. Jacob Edi, Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Strategy, said that the assailants arrived at the church at about 8:45p.m. local time, during a late evening church service. They cut off electricity supply and began shooting indiscriminately into the crowd. He said some of the worshippers who tried to escape from the premises were captured and their throats slashed.
According to a statement by Mr. Edi, the state executive council meeting was still on and the governor was working the phone with all relevant security officers in the state.
Following the attack, the state governor issued this statement:
Following Monday’s dastardly attack on a christian worshippers in Okene, Kogi state, governor Idris Wada cut short a Ramadan state function dinner and summoned an emergency meeting of the state executive committee.
Furious about news of the unfortunate situation governor Wada vowed he will spare no resources in smoking terrorists out of Kogi state. According to him the perpetrators of the heinous crime are wicked, devilish, ungodly and deserve no place in a same society.
Kogi state, he said has always been known for peace any act capable of tarnishing the image of the state will not be tolerated at all.
He called on all citizens of the state to remain calm.
Meanwhile, a bomb was on Tuesday morning found in the Revival House Church, Lokoja, Kogi State but was defused on discovery by anti-bomb squad of the Nigerria Police.