IGP orders 24-hour surveillance on all churches in Kogi

Following the attack and killing of worshippers in a Deeper Life Church in Okene on Monday, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar has ordered a 24-hour surveillance on all places of worship and other vulnerable areas in Okene and other parts of the state.

The Deputy Force Public Relations officer CSP Frank Mba who briefed journalists in Abuja on Tuesday added that the IGP has also ordered the immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force personnel from other Squadrons to beef up the security arrangement in Kogi state.

The IGP also appealed for calm, promising that the perpetrators of the crime will certainly not go unpunished.

He advised the general public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement to the police or any security agency.

Unexploded bomb discovered in another church in Kogi

A bomb has been discovered at the Revival Church in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi state.

Our correspondent in the state says that gunshots could also be heard in the town.

This development comes a day after the attack on the Deeper Life Church in Okene in which 19 people were killed, including the Church’s Pastor.

The Church which is located at Eika Adagu in Okehi Local Government Area is now surrounded by officers of the Nigeria Police Force and soldiers as family members of the deceased are coming around in tears, to identify their bodies.

It is still unclear how many people were wounded in the attack Monday night as a number of the church members sustained various degrees of injuries.

According to the Military spokesman, Lt. Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi, the gunmen surrounded the church in the middle of a worship service and opened fire with AK-47 assault rifles on the worshippers.

Soldiers searched for gunmen through the night, but have made no arrests as of this morning.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesperson Yushau Shuaib said his agency has dispatched rescuers to the area.

Anglican Primate condemns attack

The Primate of the Anglican Church, Reverend Nicholas Okoh has condemned yesterday’s attack on a church in Okene, Kogi state which claimed the lives of sixteen people.

Reverend Okoh who spoke with journalists in Abuja said that securing places of worship should not be left in the hands of the church alone.

He called on government to expedite action to secure the lives of its citizenry.

Responding to the call for the resignation of the president by members of the Boko Haram sect, the Anglican Primate said that the sect members are not responsible for Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s election and should therefore not call for his resignation.