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Published On: Mon, Aug 18th, 2014

Gunmen kill pastor in Bauchi

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Crime_01From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

The wife of a Pastor, Blessing Osapkolor Ehiotobo and mother of four, Mrs Rakiya Ehiotobo has narrated how her husband was shot dead at their house at Gindi village, near Gubi in Ganjuwa local government area of Bauchi state.

Mrs Blessing Osapkolor, who could not be consoled said she was with her husband and their last born , a two year-old boy on Saturday August 9, at about 11 p.m., when the gunmen stormed their house.

“They jumped over the fence and entered the compound. Our dog was barking and my husband went outside to check. He was holding his torch light in his hand. The next thing I heard was gun shots, fired three times”.

Rakiya Ehiotobo said she got up from her bed to find out what was amiss, only to be confronted by three men in her bedroom who were armed to the teeth and pointing guns at her.

“They asked me for money, but I told them that I didn’t have money. One of them said they should kill me but another one said no that I have a small child, then one of them walked out of the room and the others followed,” the pastors wife said, while weeping.

The widow said that she crawled into a nearby farm and ran to a neighbour’s house only to come as early as 5 in the morning to their house and discovered  that her husband was killed.

“I saw him in the pool of his blood. He was shot in the head. I raised alarm but nobody came out. I called some of his friends in Bauchi, who came to the house and later reported the incidence and the Ganjuwa Police Station. The DPO came and my husband’s corpse was taken to the ATBUTH”

Mrs Ehiotobo, who said they have been residing in the village for almost 13 years doing missionary work peacefully, said “My husband was a peaceful man, who was well known in the community for several years.

As at the time of filing this story, the police was yet to confirm the incident to newsmen.

When contacted on phone, the state Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Mohamed Haruna, a Duty Superintendent of Police, said he was yet to be informed the murder of the pastor.

However, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Bauchi state, Reverend Joshua Maina, confirmed the death of Pastor Ehiotobo.

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