Gunmen attacked Haske Baptist Church in Manini Tasha village, Kuriga Ward in Chukun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Sunday. The attack which took place at about 9 a.m, saw one person killed while several others were kidnapped.
ASP Mohammed Jalige, the Police command spokesman, confirmed this while describing the attack as unfortunate, adding that apart from those killed and injured, the gunmen abducted four worshippers.
He said, “Preliminary investigation conducted so far revealed that four persons are missing which arouses suspicion that they might have been kidnapped by the hoodlums.
“Two others who sustained gunshot wounds are Dr Zechariah Dogonyaro, a staff of Kaduna State Ministry of Health attached to the Primary Healthcare Centre in Rimi village, Udawa, Chikun LGA and Shehu Haruna.
“Unfortunately, Dr Zechariah Dogonyaro died on the spot while Shehu Haruna is currently receiving medical treatment.
“Consequently, normalcy has since been restored; security has been beefed up in the area with a view to forestalling reoccurrence of the dastardly attack while concerted efforts are ongoing to locate the missing persons.
“The command is deeply saddened by this unprovoked attack on innocent citizens carrying out their legitimate daily routine and commiserate with the affected families.”
Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State branch, Rev. Caleb Ma’aji in a statement issued on Sunday in Kaduna State said, “Our hearts are saddened over the sorry security situation in our dear state.
“It has grown so unfortunate and on a daily basis, insecurity continues to grow worst with no appreciable resistance given the unholy terrorist who have continued to hold our dear state and nation to ransom.
“Our hearts go to the local church at Manini, the Nigeria Baptist Convention and family members of the deceased.
“We are appealing to relevant agencies and praying for the safe release of the abducted members and indeed all others in captivity.
“We also enjoin all men and women of goodwill to wake up and do the needful before we are all consumed by the ongoing evil of banditry and kidnapping that has hijacked our country, especially Kaduna State,” he said.