Updated: Gunmen kill 16 Worshipers At Deeper Life Church in Okene
The Deeper Life Christian Church near the Federal College of Education in Okene was Monday nigth attacked by unknown gunmen killing 15 worshipers and leaving scores of others injured.
The gunmen who reportedly stormed the church filled with worshipers shot sporadically into the church auditorium after cutting off electricity supply and blocked all entry and exit point into the auditorium, while those who tried to escape were captured and had their throats slashed, sources said.
confirming the incidence, Commander of the Joint Task Force in the State, Lt Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi said 15 of the worshipers died on the spot while 1 more person died on the way to the hospital.
He said many injured persons have been rushed to hospitals in the state capital, Lokoja.
There are also reports that some of the wounded persons are under heavy military guard at the state General Hospital, Okene where about 15 of them are between life and death.
Emergency workers at the scene said there is likelihood of an increase in the casualty figure as a result of the degree of injuries sustained by many of the worshipers.
Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, it bears the hallmarks of the Boko Haram sect.
Last month, suspected Boko Haram members attacked a church in Okene, although no lives were lost.
Following the attack, the state governor, Capt Idris Wada who was said to be performing a Ramadan state function dinner immediately convened an emergency meeting of the state executive council and thereafter issued a statement. The statement reads:
Following Monday’s dastardly attack on a christian worshippers in Okene, Kogi state, governor Idris Wada cut short a Ramadan state function dinner and summoned an emergency meeting of the state executive committee.
Furious about news of the unfortunate situation governor Wada vowed he will spare no resources in smoking terrorists out of Kogi state. According to him the perpetrators of the heinous crime are wicked, devilish, ungodly and deserve no place in a same society.
Kogi state, he said has always been known for peace any act capable of tarnishing the image of the state will not be tolerated at all.
He called on all citizens of the state to remain calm.