Despite the pleas by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the 19 Northern states to Boko Haram to allow Christians celebrate the Christmas in an atmosphere of peace, unidentified gunmen attacked a church in northern Nigeria during a midnight service on Christmas Eve, killing six people including the pastor, before torching the building, residents and police said Tuesday.
“A group of gunmen came into the village at midnight and went straight to the church,” said Usman Mansir, a resident of Peri village near Potiskum, the economic capital of Yobe state.
“They opened fire on them, killing the pastor and five worshippers. They then set fire to the church,” he added, specifying that a branch of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) was targetted.
A senior police official in Yobe who pleaded anonymousity, confirmed the incident.
In the same vein, Yobe police chief Sanusi Rufa’i said, “this is a security issue” and refused to comment further.