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Gunmen Kill One in Church Attack

ICC Note: Attackers did not come just to rob, but also to try to destroy a Christian ministry.

By Tony Edike

5/9/07 Nigeria (Vanguard) – A group of gunmen on Monday stormed the premises of the Christian Victory Prayer Ministry, Enugu destroying property worth millions of naira and killing one of the faithful.

Among property destroyed in the attack were electrical plant, about 6,000 plastic chairs, speakers, Nissan Sunny car, Toyota 4_runner, and Toyota Corolla car. Thousands of naira were also stolen from the faithful including the deceased’s son who lost N150,000.

Founder of the church, Pastor Dan Obinegbo, who conducted reporters round the scene said that the man who was killed by the hoodlums came for healing with his child from Efium in Ebonyi State .

Obinegbo said the gunmen who stormed the church premises at about 11am and carried out the operation which lasted till 1pm, fired several shots into the air before they gained entry into the church.

He said that one of his pastors, Elechukwu Ometa who was praying for the sick and pregnant women at the time the hoodlums broke into the church advised the members not to panic or run away.

The founder said the inmate from Ebonyi State in an attempt to escape from the scene was caught along with his son who were seriously tortured by the hoodlums. The man, he added, may have died as a result of pains sustained from the beating.

“The robbers caught him, beat him up and fell him on the ground. One of the robbers jumped on his chest and lifted block and hit him straight on the chest. The sick man who was a day before the incident recuperating cried out and gave up the ghost. That was how the man died,” he narrated.