IGP Abubakar Orders 24-Hour Surveillance Of Worship Centres

Acting IGP Mohammed Abubakar Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar has ordered a 24-hour security surveillance of places of worship and other flash points in Okene and environs in Kogi State.

This is coming after the attack on Deeper Life Bible Church, Okene on Monday night, which left no fewer than 20 dead.

In a text message sent by police spokesman Frank Mba to reporters in Abuja yesterday:

“The IGP also appealed for calm, promising that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will certainly not go unpunished. He advised the general public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movements to the police.

“He also advised parents to keep watchful eyes on their wards and protect them from all negative external influences.”

The IGP’s order also coincided with the police confirming the killing of of an evangelist with a Pentecostal church in Maiduguri, Ali Samari.

He was allegedly killed by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect on Monday evening.

Samari, 57, was with the Good News Church (GNC), Maiduguri and was reportedly killed at his Mafoni residence around 6.30pm.

An eyewitness said the evangelist was trailed to his house by two gunmen, after closing from work.

A source said the evangelist sometimes this year received a warning in writing from men believed to be members of the Boko Haram asking him to vacate his residence.

He said though the evangelist discussed the threat with a few people close to him, he, however, dismissed it, insisting that “it is the Almighty God that protects. I leave everything in the hands of God.”

Borno State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Gideon Jibrin, in a telephone conversation, said the police was informed of the killing yesterday.

He said Mafoni, where the murder happened, is one of the black spots identified by the Joint Task Force (JTF) and the police.

He said: “It is a place where some members of the Boko Haram use as a hideout and from where they launch attacks on other part of Maiduguri metropolis. The area has been condoned off by JTF with the blocking of three roads, while the stop-and-search was being intensified at the military posts of Lamisula and Dandal Divisional Police Stations.”

He said no arrest has yet been made, but said investigations have begun with the police acting on the little information provided by some residents and eyewitnesses.

  1. Corina Reply

    I applause this call and I salute this man for coming up with this measures of security. Though I’m a Malaysian, I feel for the trials of all my Nigerian brothers and sisters-in-Christ. Glad that you post this here. God bless you.

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