A Member Explained How Gunmen Kidnapped 66 Worshippers From Kaduna Church.
Mr. Joshua Alamageni, a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kakkau Daji in Kaduna State’s Chikun Local Government Area, has described how suspected gunmen totaling around 50 invaded the church in the day time and kidnapped 66 members during a church service.
Recall that bandits attacked Baptist Church, Kakau Daji, Chikun LGA of Kaduna State killed two worshippers during their service on October 31.
Per reports the church was surrounded by the bandits before they began to shoot periodically in no form. Rev. Joseph Hayab, Vice Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), verified the number of abductees.
Mr. Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, acknowledged the kidnapping but did not provide the number of victims. He merely stated that one worshipper was killed and that others were injured.
Mr. Joshua Alamageni barely avoided being kidnapped when the kidnappers arrived as he was going to change his money to a lower denomination for church offerings.
He claimed that the church was packed to capacity and that members were singing praises and worshiping God when gunshots rang out.
He said: “It was 9.30am in the morning. While members were singing praises to Almighty God, all of a sudden, we heard gunshots that rented the air.
Everywhere was quiet as members’ praises to God came to an abrupt end. Although I was not too far from where I went to look for the lower denomination of money I had, I stood faraway and was seeing everybody.
“The gunmen first went to the teenage church, but later changed their minds and moved towards the adult church when a sound of a gun rented the air.”
“The pastor of the church hid under the church table, as that wasn’t enough, he jumped through the window and ran into the bush.
“Many who could not run because of fear, were captured by the bandits and were given their matching order to the bush. Although, the kidnappers succeeded in killing one of our members who was running to a safe bush,”