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Nigerian Government Official Arrested Following Church Attacks
By Jonathan Racho
08/27/2012 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern)-Nigerian police arrested a government official after gunmen killed 19 Christian worshippers and two soldiers in the central Nigerian town of Otite, Kogi State on August 6.
The police arrested Yahaya Karaku, Special Advisor to the governor of Kogi State, after he was suspected of involvement in an attack at Deeper Life Church. The pastor of the church was among the victims.
I am not surprised by involvement of a government official. There are people in government that are involved in killings of Christians. But their days are numbered. They will be exposed. We are praying,” said a Nigerian church leader in an interview with ICC.
The arrest of the government official is another indication of the possible infiltration of radical Muslims in the Nigerian government structure. In his speech at Nigerian a church on January 8, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, said that his government has been infiltrated by members of Boko Haram.
Nigerian Christians have been coming under relentless attacks from members of Boko Haram, the Islamic radical group. This year alone, the radicals have killed over 200 Christians in a series of attacks in northern Nigeria. The group fights to establish an Islamic state throughout Nigeria.