Bandits have attacked a church in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing a medical doctor while some other worshippers were abducted.
The church, located in Manini Tasha village, Kuriga Ward of the local government area was attacked around 9 am on Sunday by the heavily-armed bandits.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan has confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
However, a member of the church told our correspondent that the bandits upon their arrival surrounded the church and started shooting sporadically at the worshipers, who scampered for safety in different directions.
A worshipper who is also a medical doctor with the Kaduna State Ministry of Health, Dr. Zakariah Dogo Yaro, was reportedly shot dead by the bandits, while an unspecified number of people were kidnapped as several others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
Kaduna State has witnessed a surge in banditry and kidnapping in recent years; schools and students have been the major targets.
Earlier this month, scores of students were abducted by gunmen at Greenfield University, with three of them later confirmed dead.
This was after over thirty students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in the Afaka area of the state were kidnapped.
Despite the rise in kidnapping with the perpetrators demanding ransom, the Kaduna government has insisted that it will not succumb to blackmail, vowing not to pay a dime to the criminals.
“We have a feeling that the renewed attacks in Kaduna are not unconnected to the position that we have taken as a government that we will not negotiate with criminals,” said the governor who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
“We will not give them any money and they will not make any profit from Kaduna; anyone that comes to Kaduna will not get a penny from the state government, except he will get a bullet instead.”