A pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and two others have been reportedly killed in Unguwan Anjo, near Godogodo in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, by armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
The RCCG Pastor Luka Ubangari, was said to have been ambushed and shot dead at Shawa village, near Godogodo, while returning from an evangelical visit to Golkofa village.
It was gathered that two days after the murder of Pastor Ubangari, suspected herdsmen also invaded Ningon village, 6km from Gwantu, headquarters of Sanga LGA, killing two persons and seriously injuring another person.
These incidents happened just a few days after the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, visited Godogodo and Sanga districts, in the Jema’a and Sanga local governments areas, to appraise the attacks of suspected Fulani herdsmen in the area.
During his visit to the affected areas – Gada Biyu, Anjo and Godogodo – El-Rufai condemned the killings, describing them as ‘senseless,’ and promised to arrest the perpetrators.
According to a source who asked for anonymity, their joy during the visit of the state governor to the area, turned sour as result of the latest attack.
“We were happy that Governor Nasir el-Rufai visited and assured us of improved security and that the killers would be found and punished.
“To our shock, Pastor Luka Ubangari was ambushed, shot and killed as he was riding his motorcycle after an evangelical visit to Golkofa. He was killed by Fulani men who were out to remove us from our ancestral lands.”
Mr. Nuhu Tukura, the President of the Ningon Community Development Association, confirmed the attacks, saying Ningon was attacked on Sunday night and two natives, Gambo Sule, 38, and Benjamin Auta, 35, were also killed by unknown Fulani herdsmen.
He also added that the police only arrived on Monday morning following a distressed call put on to them on Sunday night.