Bandits on Sunday killed one person, kidnapped several worshippers when they attacked Haske Baptist Church in Manini Tasha village, Kuriga Ward in Chukun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Sources said the gunmen attacked the church about 9a.m. and shot sporadically causing pandemonium, and in the ensuing stampede, a worshipper was gunned down.
We gathered that the dead worshipper, Dr. Zechariah Dogonyaro, was a medical doctor with Kaduna State Ministry of Health.
According to a survivor, Mr. Yakubu Bala, “Dr. Dr. Zechariah Dogonyaro, a medical doctor with the Kaduna State Ministry of Health was shot dead and an unspecified number of people were kidnapped,” he stressed.
He also said that so many worshipers sustained varying degrees of injuries.
“As I am talking to you now, we have not seen some of the villagers who ran into the bush.”
Reacting, Kaduna State government said one person was killed and four others abducted in the attack on Haske Baptist Church at Manini village, in Chikun Local Government Area.
The government said Dr. Zechariah Dogonyaro was shot dead while Shehu Mainika was injured.
A statement by Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, said the government condemned the attack in the strongest terms, but did not indicate measures being taken to secure the area.
On its part, the police command in the state said apart from those killed and injured, the gunmen abducted four worshippers.
The command spokesman, ASP Mohammed Jalige, in a statement described the attack as unfortunate.
“Preliminary investigation conducted so far revealed that four persons are missing which arouse a suspicion that they might have been kidnapped by the hoodlums.
“Two others sustained gunshot wounds, namely; Dr. Dr. Zechariah Dogonyaro, a staff of Kaduna State Ministry of Health attached to the Primary Healthcare Center in Rimi village, Udawa, Chikun LGA and Shehu Haruna.
“Unfortunately, Dr. 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 effort is 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,” Jalige stated.
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State branch, has condemned the attack and called on government to act fast to prevent citizens from resorting to self-help.
A statement issued on Sunday in Kaduna by its Secretary, Rev. Caleb Ma’aji, said government must live up to its responsibility of securing the lives and property of all citizens.
“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.”
It said that the attacks was a challenge to government to find ways of guaranteeing the security of lives and property of all citizens.
“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,” it added.