Two weeks after Owo killings, gunmen attack two churches in Kaduna

BARELY two weeks after terrorists killed worshippers at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Owo, Ondo State, gunmen have again attacked two churches in Kaduna State.

The worship centres which came under attack by the gunmen believed to be bandits are Saint Moses Catholic Church and Maranatha Baptist Church – both in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.


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No fewer than three people were confirmed to have lost their lives in the attacks on three communities – Ungwan Fada, Ungwan Turawa and Ungwan Makama, all in Rubu general area of Kajuru.

Eyewitnesses said at least two persons were injured while several others are missing.

It is feared that the missing persons have been abducted by the bandits.

Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the attacks on the churches.

According to him, the terrorists stormed the communities on motorcycles.

    Recounting the incident, Aruwan said the bandits attacked worshippers at the Maranatha Baptist Church and St Moses Catholic Church in Rubu, killing three worshippers.

    Many Nigerians continue to lose their lives as a result of insecurity in different parts of the country.

    According to Nigeria’s security tracker, by May 2019, the number of deaths caused by insecurity in the country had risen by 8,663. By May 2020, the figure rose by 8,800 deaths.

    An additional 9,243 people were killed in Nigeria by May 2021 and by May 2022, the tally had increased by 9,594, bringing total deaths due to violence since 2011 to 89,920.

    Harrison Edeh is a journalist with the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, always determined to drive advocacy for good governance through holding public officials and businesses accountable.

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