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CAN condemns killings of two clerics, calls for improved security



CAN condemns killings of two clerics, calls for improved security

CHRISTIAN Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday condemned the killing of two clerics, Rev. Fr. Michael Akawu  and Rev. Hosea Akuchi who were both shot dead by unknown gunmen over the weekend.

While expressing condolence to the leaderships of the Roman Catholic Church and the Nigerian Baptist Convention over the demise of the two clerics, CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle in a statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant, Media and Communication, noted that the late Rev. Fr Akawu was reportedly shot dead by identified gunmen in Gwagwalada, Abuja, while shopping on Saturday, August 18.

“Few hours later, on Sunday, August 19, at about 1.00 a.m, according to informed sources, some hoodlums suspected to be Fulani terrorists attacked Nasara Baptist Church in Guguwa near Rigasa in Kaduna.

“The suspected terrorists shot dead Rev. Hosea Akuchi and took away his wife, Mrs Talatu Akuchi. Her whereabouts remain unknown and the criminals have demanded for the sum of five million naira for her release,” part of his statement read.

According to CAN, Akawu was ordained priest just last year by the Archbishop of Abuja, the Most Revd. John Cardinal Onayeikan and was also the first indigenous Catholic priest to be ordained from the Federal Capital Territory.

While praying to God to comfort and console the churches of the two slain clerics, CAN further called on the Nigerian Police and other relevant security agencies to do the needful in bringing the culprits to book and rescue the widow of Rev. Akuchi who was still in captivity as soon as possible.

“We once again call on our security agencies to be more proactive and invest more on intelligence gathering with a view to preventing many of these crimes that are being committed before their watches undetected,” he added.

He lamented that nowhere was safe and secured, as terrorists, rampaging Fulani herdsmen, killer bandits, armed robbers, kidnappers and other hoodlums were operating unchecked.

He alleged that the security agencies seemed busy with elections and forgot that leaders were elected to rule over the living souls, adding that the security situation had become reprehensible, unacceptable and condemnable.


“Enough of the senseless killings, these killings must stop in the country. Let there be a visible improvement in our security system, as the governed are not satisfied with their performances in ensuring security of lives and property,” he lamented.

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