By JOHN BULUS
Governor Ibrahaim Hassan Dankwambo has expressed shock over the mayhem unleashed on Deeper Life Church in Yelanguruza area of the State capital Thursday night.
The attack which was suspected to have been carried out by the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram left 6 persons including the resident pastor’s wife dead.
The Governor who visited the church yesterday in thecompany of the State CAN Chairman, Reverend Abare Kalla and many other State dignitaries, directed security agents to fish out the perpetrators of the crime, noting that the development was alien to Gombe.
The Governor who condemned the attack on the Church and the killing of worshipers however stated that the incident has challenged the government to step up measures for the continued peaceful co-existence of the people in the state even as he tasked the people to henceforth seek security advice before embarking on an overnight church activity.
The governor who acknowledged that the location of the church was known to be a den for criminals and hoodlums also promised free medical treatment for those still receiving treatment while also promising that Government would take care of the burial rites of those that lost their lives in the attack.
He also said that a security meeting would be held immediately and measures taken would be revealed to the public.
There was however a mild drama at the scene of the incident between the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security and the leadership of the CAN over the reports given to the governor.
While the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, a retired Police Commissioner, Alhaji Ahmed Abubarkar said a group of about three or four persons pursued somebody from a hotel into the Church and they started shooting randomly inside the church, the CAN chairman said “I’m a little bit concerned if an armed robber would be pursued into the Church.”
I’m not disputing what the Adviser said but I want to believe that we had people praying while some were outside. I’m not concerned about the cause but I pray that God would make in the hands of the Government and the security to pick out these people and that is where the truth would be told”.
Reverend Abere later urged the Church not to be deterred by the present challenges but continued in the presching of the peace and unity she is know adding that he has gathered a team of clergy men who prayed and encouraged the church saying that “the light we have been preaching would not stop because it is what we have been given while we are alive to eternity, no death, no threat, no demons, no gunshots would separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus”.
The CAN chairman later said a prayer for the state and the country in general.