By Suzan Edeh
BAUCHI — Seven persons have been arrested by the police in Bauchi State for attempting to attack Church of Christ in Nigeria, a COCIN LCC, church with weapons and locally-made explosives in Miya Barkatai village in Toro Local Government Area of the state.
The suspected bombers are Lamba Goma, Filibus Danasa, Joshua Ali, Danjuma Sabo, Joseph Audu, Simon Gabriel, Bulus Haruna, Yohanna Ishaya and Daniel Ayuba (who was the immediate past Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at Tilden Fulani Ward, Toro council, Bauchi State).
Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, the Police Commissioner, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in an interview, said from investigations carried out by the police, the suspects are a rival group within the church.
He said: “It was a rival group within the church that decided to attack this morning. When we got the report, we sent our men who arrested about seven members of the group. The group had something like explosives, but we are waiting for the bomb experts to confirm our suspicion, because sometimes after investigation, it may turn out to be something else and not explosives.”
Aduba added that the Police are still investigating the incident.
He appealed to members of the public not to panic, saying they should be law-abiding and report any suspicious character to the Police.
A Toro Local Government official who witnessed the incident said the suspects were arrested with sophisticated weapons and all of them are Christians living in the area.
He further disclosed that they are from the neighbouring villages near Miya Barkatai.
The official said: “After they were arrested, there was pandemonium among the residents and Christian worshipers that increased tension in the area.
“The residents of the area almost took laws into their hands by attempting to lynch the suspects, but the security personnel took them away to Bauchi for further investigations.”