Military authorities and relations yesterday said that a man suspected to have been in company of the suicide car bomber who struck a church in Jos on Sunday morning was mistakenly killed by fellow church members as he was a church member himself and not an attacker.
The now deceased Mr. Adams went to the church along with his wife and two children to worship on Sunday, and he was mistaken to be together with the suicide bomber, the Special Task Force (SFT) and the deceased’s relations yesterday said.
The unfortunate man, Mr. Adams Joseph Ashaba was beaten to death as members of the church erroneously thought that he came along with the suicide bomber and attempted to escape just after the car bomb explosion at the Church of Christ in Nigeria headquarters in Jos.
Boko Haram has since claimed responsibility for the bomb attack that claimed 3 lives, injuring 38 others.
“The alleged suicide bomber killed by the angry youths at the premises of the church on 26 Feb 2012 was identified as Adams Joseph Ashaba, a member of the church and not a suicide bomber as alleged,” spokesman for STF, Cpt. Mdahelya Markus, said in a statement in Jos yesterday.
A cousin of the late Ashaba, Mr. Julius Autahaa, who spoke to newsmen on behalf of the family, confirmed that the body of the person he saw at the mortuary, brought by security agents on Sunday, was that of Ashaba.
He said Ashaba went to the church with his family and that when the blast occurred, the wife quickly took the children home and came back to look for her husband.