Gun­men pose as wor­ship­pers, raid church, shoot pri­est

Weekly Trust - - News - Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

Three gun­men sus­pected to be hired killers early yes­ter­day raided the St. Thomas Catholic Church, Onilekekere, La­gos and shot the par­ish pri­est, Rev­erend Fa­ther Daniel Nwankwo.

Fa­ther Nwankwo is presently un­der­go­ing treat­ment at the in­ten­sive care unit of the La­gos State Uni­ver­sity Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal (LASUTH), Ikeja.

The at­tack took place shortly after the morn­ing mass. Five per­sons have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent. A po­lice source said those ar­rested were de­tained at the Spe­cial Anti-Rob­bery Squad.

It was gath­ered that the gun­men en­tered the church premises pre­tend­ing to be wor­shipers.

La­gos State po­lice spokesman, Olarinde Fa­mous-Cole, said the gun­men who also took part in the morn­ing mass re­quested to have a di­a­logue with Rev Fa­ther Nwankwo.

“The Rev Fa­ther granted them au­di­ence out­side the church au­di­to­rium. Dur­ing the cause of the dis­cus­sion, one of the hood­lums who spoke flu­ent Igbo lan­guage shot the pri­est with a lo­cally made pis­tol. The Rev Fa­ther raised an alarm after be­ing shot and the hood­lums jumped over the fence and es­caped through an ad­join­ing canal be­hind the church.

Coke fur­ther dis­closed that the La­gos State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Imo­himi Ed­gal, was at the scene and later vis­ited the pri­est.

“The com­mis­sioner has also or­dered the de­ploy­ment po­lice­men to the area. The po­lice­men are to pa­trol churches and mosques on a 24-hour ba­sis,” he said.

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