It was a traumatic day for some Christian worshippers in Kogi Monday evening when some armed thugs stormed Dunamis Int’l church, Ayingba and stripped the pastor naked after beating him to stupor and abducted two other worshippers.
The thugs allegedly led by the former Dekina council boss and the local government chairmanship candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Ishaq Shuaibu Okolo, were said to have violently disrupted a peaceful prayer walk organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria, Kogi east chapter to pray for the peace of the country and God’s intervention to stop the current shedding of innocent blood.
The thugs were said to have shot sporadically into the air and went straight to the leader of Christians group, Bishop David Sanders , beat him black and blue and tore his clothes into shreds until he became unconscious.
Several other church leaders and worshippers were also said to have been beaten to stupor including some women and children while the property of Dunamis Int’l church where the prayer walk was to commence were vandalised
Three other church leaders including the zonal secretary of the prayer group, Silas Edegbo were later abducted and carried to unknown destination.
Speaking with newsmen on phone, the resident pastor of Dunamis Int’l church, Ayingba, Samson Ejila expressed sadness that a peaceful Christians’ prayer walk for the country could be so disrupted with so many people securing various degree of injuries.
According to him, the organisers of the programme took permission from the appropriate authorities including the police with the knowledge of the state deputy governor, Edward Onoja who gave them the go ahead and wondered why a prominent political player in the area could lead armed thugs to disrupt an armless group.
We are surprised that it is a past LG boss in person of Ishaq Shuaibu Okolo who is contesting for the chairmanship Election for Dec 12 LG poll that has done this to the Christians ”
This is not rumours, he was the one that physically led the thugs including some Vigilante members to attack us, we have every document including video clips, and so he can not deny this” he added.
Ejila however confirmed that the three abducted members were released in the early hours of Tuesday after they had been thoroughly tortured.
Meanwhile, the State Governor Yahaya Bello has condemned the Monday’s attack on the Christians who were on a peaceful prayer walk in Anyigba area . The Governor in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, while condemning the act, assures that perpetrators of such unholy act will be fished out to face the full weight of the law.
Bello said at a time the nation is facing unrest and disturbance, there is need for every religion organisation to intensify their faith by praying to God for His intervention in the affairs of the country, noting that any act capable of truncating peaceful religious gathering is sacrilegious, repugnant and unacceptable.
Source: Kogi flame