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How Police nab suicide bomber in Kaduna church as CAN Concludes Prayers, Walk protest against Insecurity in Nigeria

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Nigerian Christians under the umbrella body of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Sunday protested the rising insecurity across the country and called on Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) and the governors of the 36 states to stem the tide and bring perpetrators to justice.

Suspected Bomber
As the CAN prayer walk protest was ongoing, the Kaduna state police command Sunday arrested a suspected suicide bomber in Living Faith Church otherwise known as Winners’ Chapel in Sabon Tasha, Kaduna, Kaduna state.

And also in Kaduna, one of the five seminarians, whose name was given as Michael Nnadi, and a mother of two-Mrs. Philip Ataga were killed by their abductors.

The suspected bomber, aside his visibly dark lips and red eyes, a church member, Sammy Jess, said the suspect was restless all through his stay.

Narrating his experience, Jess alleged that the suspected suicide bomber had parked a car at the church premises with explosives programmed to go off at the end of the service.

Jess said: "This young man came in and sat down on a seat ahead of me with a duffel bag and in no time, he immediately stood up and made his way out but we became cautious and one of us alerted the security to stop him. Lo and behold it was a bomb that was set in Church (Living Faith Sabon Tasha, Kaduna) and another set inside a car in the church premises waiting for the service to close then he will strike it.

The suspect was immediately arrested by the police who prevented every attempt to lynch him.

Suspected bomber
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Police Command say they are investigating the matter as the young man was caught with dangerous items suspected to be Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, told ChannelsTV that the suspect, Nathaniel Samuel (as he was called by the police but the information from the public says his names are Mohammed Nasiru Sani), has been taken to the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department for further interrogation on what was his motive for entering the church with the bag.

A source within the church said the suspect was identified as Amir Samuel,  found in the church’s toilet. He was attempting to detonate the bomb when security agents deployed to the church got a clue and instantly apprehended him.

So the police investigations must unravel and authenticate his real identity. Also he must not die or escape from  the police custody.

Prayer and protests

And worried by the incessant security challenges, characterised by killings and abductions, Christian faithful in many parts of the country embarked on peaceful protest and prayer sessions to call Buhari led federal governments’ attentions to the nation’s woes.

In Lagos state, General Overseer Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Sunday led the massive protest tagged “prayer walk” against killings and insurgency. The protest, although was tagged “prayer walk” was particularly against alleged constant killing of Christians in the North and other parts of the country.

The protest started at about 11 am shortly after the church service at RCCG’s National Headquarters Ebute Metta, Lagos state.

The dreaded bloodsucking Islamist Boko Haram had a few weeks ago beheaded the CAN chairman in Michika local government area of Adamawa state, Reverend Lawan Andimi and another young student of University of Maiduguri believed to be a Christian. Speaking at the RCCG’s headquarters, Pastor Adeboye said he would be leading the church in a prayer walk to pray for an end to killings and insurgency in the country.

At the thanksgiving service Sunday, the cleric prayed thus: “Lord, have mercy in Nigeria. Let there be peace and security in Nigeria. God sees all things and knows where the terrorists are fighting, we pray that God send His light to Nigeria and expose the evildoers in the country.

“After the service, we are all going for a prayer walk. We would march to Atan Cemetery and back.”

He told RCCG members in a nationwide live telecast after the service to go for a prayer walk according to their age.  Some, he said, should march around the church because of their age and others should march with him to Atan Cemetery and back.

The prayer walk which was reported to have taken place in all the RCCG parishes nationwide provided opportunity to some Nigerians to express their dissatisfaction over the current insecurity in the country.

In some of the parishes in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and in Osogbo, the Osun state capital befor joining other CAN members at a designated centre , parishioners were seen walking and praying quietly.

Lokoja

In Lokoja, the Kogi state chapter of CAN Sunday urged President Buhari to take decisive actions to save the lives of Nigerians being senselessly abducted, attacked and killed across the land.  The state Chairman of CAN, Dr John Ibenu, stated this at a press conference at Chapel of Freedom International, Lokoja, to mark the three-day prayer and fasting declared by the CAN National President Dr Samson Ayorinde.

The national body had declared Friday, January 31 to Sunday February 2, as days for special fasting and prayer for Nigeria in all churches, and to be rounded off by a prayer walk in form of procession by all Christians to be led by States’ CAN chairmen Sunday.

He said: “We call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to ‘Act Now’ to save lives. If he fails to act rightly and promptly, then posterity will judge him for standing with the enemy of the people. There must be no more sacred cows.

”Nobody is a singular custodian of ideas. When people are not performing the duties for which they are employed or appointed, they must give way for others to come in. 

“In civilized societies, when people cannot perform, they voluntarily resign. Lives of citizens must matter and not political interest, patronage or sectional relationship.

”Kogi State CAN stands 100 per cent by all position of National CAN. The three-day prayer and fasting we have done for the nation is a Rescue Operation because even the government has acknowledged their helplessness.

”CAN is a most responsible organization that is saddled with the responsibility of taking care of the welfare of Christians and Nigerians at large.

”CAN stands with all governments for progressive partnership and will also hold any government accountable where there are lapses that affect people negatively especially Christians. 

”CAN will not tolerate ineptitude and will not be silent because we must be the voice of the voiceless and downtrodden. We are the moral custodians and conscience of the society.”

Asaba

Also, the Delta state chapter of CAN Sunday charged South-south governors to establish a security outfit that would secure the region.

The state Chairman of the body, Apostle Sylvanus Okorote said the regional security network would reduce, if not completely eliminate rampant cases of killings, kidnappings and armed robberies in the region.

The CAN chairman said this during a prayer walk in Asaba, in protest against alleged killings of Christians across the country.

Apostle Okorote also appealed to the various Houses of Assembly and other political leaders within the region to return to the drawing board and produce the security architecture like Amotekun in the South-west.

Wielding placards of various inscriptions such as ‘Give peace a chance’, ‘Say no to kidnapping of Christians’, ‘O God arise, let your enemies be scattered’, among others, Christians of different denominations marched from the Stephen Keshi Stadium to the Oshimili Arcade where the CAN leader addressed faithful.

“Our brothers in the South-west went to the drawing board and came up with Amotekunto, stop these killings in that region. They tried to stop it but the President said he has not ordered anybody to stop Amotekun. So Amotekun has come to stay.

“Our governors and legislators in the South-south region should also go back to the drawing board and come up with our own unique security architecture to curb these killings.

“I know the people committing this havoc cannot dare the South-east, they cannot even step into Anambra state, but if they come to the South-south and there is nothing to repel them, the place will be a fertile ground for them to perpetrate their criminal tendencies.

“Therefore, there should be security architecture in the South-south. Since Amotekun has sailed through, others will follow,” the CAN chairman said amidst cheers from the congregation.

Ondo

Similarly, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Christians in Okitipupa local government area of Ondo state Sunday staged a peaceful protest against security breaches and incessant killings in the country.

The Christians, in their large numbers at the RCCG Holiness Cathedral Ondo Province Five, sang solidarity songs.

They also carried placards with various inscriptions, such as “We say No to terrorism”, “Stop the killings of Christians”, “Every soul matters to God”, “Shed no more blood, it cries to God”, “God hurts when His creatures hurt”, and “All souls are precious to God”.

They urged President Buhari to rise up to the security breaches, describing him as the president of all Nigerians.

They said Nigeria was not a country of one religion but a country that belongs to Christians, Muslims, people of other faiths and, indeed, all the indigenes residing in the country.

They also said the blood-letting in the country was much, demanding that the killings must stop.

Addressing the gathering RCCG Provincial Pastor Pastor Johnson Umoren said the protest was aimed at passing a message to the leadership of the country that Christians could no longer bear the incessant killings.

“The killings are getting too much, especially killing of Christians in the Northern part of the country. We say no to shedding of innocent blood; this protest is to send a message to President Buhari and the international community that the blood shedding must stop,” he said.

One of the protesters, who represented the women, Mrs. Flora Amehim, also said that the killings and raping of women must stop.

“This country belongs to all of us and we must live together in love and unity; we can no longer tolerate the killings and raping of women; this must stop now,” she said.

Mr. Dayo Oyekan, a youth leader, also said the youths were tired of being wiped out by the terrorists through incessant killings.

“We are being pushed to the wall gradually with all these killings; we want the killings to stop so that the government does not invoke the wrath of the youth,” he said.

Ekiti

Also, NAN reported some CAN members in Ekiti state joined the peaceful protest, tagged, “Stop Killing of Christians in Nigeria”, the demonstrators, in their hundreds, marched through major streets of the ancient city, singing songs and expressing grievances, through placards with various inscriptions.

The procession, which began at about 3p.m. took off from the Ori-Apata state secretariat of CAN, located at Adebayo Area and terminated at the popular Adekunle Fajuyi Park in Ado-Ekiti.

The peaceful protest was closely monitored by men of the Nigeria Police as well as officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps among other paramilitary officers in the state.

The protesting Christian body comprised of different denomination worshipers, who carried placards with different inscriptions such as “Stop killings” “We must unite against killings in Nigeria” Christian demands justice “It is inhuman to take life” “Citizens must be protected from killers” “We Christian are the main victims”, among others.

Addressing the protesters, the state CAN Chairman, Rev. Fr. Peter Olowolafe lamented the current security situations in the country and described it as unbearable.

He explained that Christians in the area had decided to join others in the country to embark on the peaceful protest to show their grievances over the unabated killings in the country.

Olowolafe, who is a Catholic priest, cited several killings in the country in recent times, to include the murder of about nine church leaders and several Christians within the last one month.

Osogbo

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To End Nationwide Fasting
In Osogbo, Osun state Christian Association of Nigeria held open prayer on Sunday to mark the end of fasting and prayer declared by the president of the association, Rev. Samson Ayokunle.

Toba Adedeji reported that Rev. Samson, on Thursday, had declared a three-day fasting and prayer aimed at praying to God to end the killings of innocent Nigerians and give the government of the day the capacity to overcome the criminals troubling the nation noted that the exercise would end with a prayer walk on Sunday.

On Sunday, Christians from every denomination converged at Methodist Church of Nigeria, Cathedral of The Living Spring, Isale-Aro in great number prayed to God to end the spate of killings, banditry, and terrorism in the country.

While the Chairman of Strategic Committee, Osun State Christian Association Nigeria, Rev Jacob Asan was addressing the Christians, he said, "many lives have been lost in this country and the leadership of CAN has called for three-day prayer and fasting which comes to an end today by this prayer.

His words, "Our leaders know that we don't have a gun, spear or sword that will save us from the menace of killing, banditry, kidnapping among others. They see that prayer is the only weapon that can bring changes to all our challenges. We are instructed to unanimously call on God to put an end to all these confrontations.

"If it happened to some people today and others did not stand up to pray against it. Who knows who is the next. We should know that we have been experiencing related incidents in this part of the country. We have now come to the conclusion that there is nothing prayer can't do. God will heal our land when we call on his name."

The president, Baptist Conference, Osun State, Rev Dr. Paul Kolawole in his preaching before the prayer session also said, "God is the God of the oppressed and the God of the oppressor."

"God is on top of all the situation in this country. He's the God of Pharaoh and God of the people of Israel. For God to show his supremacy he allowed Pharaoh to continue with his mischief. today Don't be discourage. God is the God of the oppressed and the God of the oppressor."

"Some parts of this nation you can't practice Christianity and not be killed nor gathered together to pray like this. The people of Israelite in the Bible went through bad times in the hand of the pharaoh."

All the intercessor in this country do not be discouraged, it is just the plight of the moment. God has a plan for time to deliver us. He ended.
Seminarian, woman killed

In a related development, one of the four Catholic seminarians abducted by gunmen early January in Kaduna had been reportedly killed.

The 18-year-old seminarian identified as Michael Nnaji was killed Saturday, while the other three were released by their abductors.

While one was set free a fortnight ago, the other two regained their freedom penultimate Friday.

Those who regained their freedom were Kanwai Pius, Stephen Amos John Paul, Umeanuka Peter. They are students of Philosophy at the Good Shepherd Major Seminary.

A Catholic priest in one of the parishes in Kaduna urged the congregation Sunday shortly after the homily to pray for the released seminarians.

He said: “Though three of them have been released, unfortunately, one has been killed. His name is Michael Nnaji. He was killed yesterday despite a huge amount of money paid to them as ransom.

“This is the type of country we find ourselves, especially Kaduna state. There is no security; people are being kidnapped on a daily basis. Kaduna has become the worst state in Nigeria in terms of insecurity.

“I urge every one of us to continue to pray for God’s protection over our lives and country,” the priest said.

The student seminarians of the Catholic Good Shepherd Major Seminary, located along Kaduna-Abuja highway, Kakau area, in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state, were abducted by heavily gunmen suspected to be kidnappers after gaining access to the school premises.

Similarly, a mother of two identified as Mrs. Philip Ataga was also reportedly killed by her abductors.

The deceased was the wife of a Kaduna-based medical doctor Philip Ataga.

Her body, according to Catholic News Agency, was found alongside that of Nnadi at different times and places.

While Nnadi was reportedly kidnapped in the night of January 8 in the seminary, Mrs. Ataga and her two children were kidnapped on January 24 by armed men at the family’s residence at Juji, in Chikun LGA of the state.

It was gathered that her captors killed her after her family failed to meet their demand of a N150 million ransom for the deceased and two of her children who were also abducted.

The two kids were as at the time of this report, still with the kidnappers.

“The bandits killed Mrs. Ataga, dumped her corpse and called her husband and directed him to pick the corpse at a particular location’, the Cable reported earlier Saturday.

Her corpse was picked and deposited at the mortuary at the Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital, Kaduna. After killing her, the bandits are still reportedly making a demand of N20 million ransom for the release of the children.

Major Gen. Buhari (Rtd) won the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria a promised to root-out insecurities (must especially the dreaded  Boko Harm terrorists) and  fight corruption in order to restore the deteriorating Nigeria's economy, but has since failed.

Despite the several claims by the Buhari led government that Boko Haram has been defeated, the activities of the terror group and that of the herdsmen, banditry and kidnappers have increase the bloodletting in many parts of the African most populous country.


(With additional reporting from NAN and Blueprint)


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