Less than a week after suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked a Catholic Church in Chakawa village in Madagali local government area of Adamawa State, killing over 35 persons, another community in the local government has been hit by the dare-devil insurgents, who left in the trail of their latest onslaught, eleven deaths, which included a pastor and 10 members of his congregation.
The attack was said to have taken place last Friday night, which happened to be the last day in the month of January, when gunmen attacked the EYN Church at Sabo Gari Gemadai Ward in Gulak, the local government headquarters.
Confirming the latest attack, Chairman of the local government, Mr. Ularamu Maina, disclosed that the pastor in-charge of the church was among those killed during the attack. According to him, the attackers, in their large number, at about 8.30 pm, stormed the church where worshippers were taking part in the night vigil.
“On entering the church, the attackers started shooting sporadically killing many people, including the pastor”, Maina stated.
“The attack left the town in confusion as people ran helter skelter even as the attackers continued to unleash terror and wanton killings”.
Meanwhile the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Ahmadu Fintiri, has visited Chakawa village, venue of last Sunday attack, where he sympathized with the people and donated relief materials.
Fintiri, while speaking with journalists at the village, urged the Federal Government to deploy more troops in the area to enable them effectively cover all the nooks and crannies in the mountainous terrain.
The Speaker noted that the state of emergency presently in effect in the state only covers the highways, leaving hapless rural dwellers at the mercy of the rampaging gunmen.
Fintiri warned that unless urgent measures are adopted by the authorities, the people of Madagali local government, which shares common border with Gwoza local government area of Borno State, might relocate in their numbers.