Bandits attacked the Evangelical Church of Winning All (ECWA), Gavaciwa in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday, killing a worshipper.
As the church service was in progress, armed men struck.
Deputy Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan confirmed the attack, saying gunmen also killed Nasiru Abdullahi of Gobirawan Kamacha in the Bina General area of Igabi Local Government Area.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai condemned the attacks and offered condolences to the families of those killed.
According to Aruwan, El-Rufai said the attackers were playing on religious sentiment when they attacked the worshipers.
The commissioner stated, “The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has strongly condemned violent attacks against worshippers on Sunday morning.
ECWA Church, Gabaciwa, in Kachia local government was attacked, according to security agencies.
Several worshippers suffered serious injuries and were rushed to medical facilities, according to the report.
“We are awaiting further information from the security agencies, which the government will release when it becomes available.
As a result of the incident, the governor expressed his sorrow for it by speaking of an evil act that targeted innocent citizens exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights to religious freedom.
In addition, he emphasized that the intention of the criminals was to divide the community by exploiting religious sentiment.
“The governor offered condolences to the ECWA Church and to the family of the deceased, praying for the repose of the soul of the worshipper.”
He said the governor had directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency to assess the damage and offer assistance to those receiving medical treatment.