Adamawa govt confirms attack on pastor, killing of 2 sons

Rev Umaru and his family

The Adamawa State government has confirmed the attack by gunmen on a pastor in the state which killed two of his sons.

The gunmen had attacked the home of Rev. Daniel Umaru of Church of The Brethren in Nigeria, Njairi, in Mubi Local Government Area. They had shot at the Pastor, killed two of his sons, and abducted his 13-year-old daughter.

In a statement by the State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, through his Press Secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou, on Wednesday, he condemned the dastardly act of the gunmen who are yet to be identified.

He sent his condolences to the bereaved and also directed the relevant security agencies to bring the culprits to book.

The statement read in part, “Governor Fintiri, while offering his condolences to the family over the death of their children, described as shocking and barbaric the action of the gunmen.

“The perpetrators of this heinous act must be brought to justice, and we have offered our full support to the security agencies to do so. They must be brought to justice for crimes against humanity.”

Insecurity has become a norm in the country. Kidnappers have also made it a habit to abduct clerics for a ransom. Earlier in the week, two clerics - Rev Fr Luigi Buena and Emmanuel Silas, who were kidnapped in Edo and Kaduna State respectively, regained their freedom.

Emmanuel Silas, the kidnapped priest of St Charles Catholic Church, in Kauru LGA of Kaduna state, regained his freedom after being kidnapped by gunmen who stormed his rectory in Zambina area of the state on Monday.

His release was confirmed by the chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Emmanuel Okolo, on Tuesday in a statement.

The statement read, “With hearts filled with joy, we raise our voices in a symphony of praises as we announce the return of our brother, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Silas.

“He was abducted by armed persons from the parish rectory at St. Charles Catholic Church, Zambina, in Kauru Local Government Area, in the early hours of Monday, July 4th 2022.”

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