Two Christian evangelists were killed and three others injured as gunmen opened fire on the vehicle they were travelling on.
The incident happened on Tuesday at Emiguni Emidojo village, few kilometres to Shintaku in Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State on Tuesday while they were on their way to Lokoja, after preaching in the area.
It was learnt the attackers that are still at large opened fire on the vehicle of the missionaries on sighting it, and in the process two occupants of the vehicle, one Mrs Joes Alhassan and Gbenga Kekere were killed and three others sustained various degrees of injuries from the assailants’ gunshots.
The victims were said to be members of Anglican Communion in Lokoja under a renowned Archbishop Emmanuel Egbunu.
While late Mrs Alhassan is said to be the general manager of Kogi State Investment and Properties Limited, besides being an elder in the church, late Gbenga kekere was a director of music of the Anglican Church in Lokoja before his death.
Meanwhile, the Kogi State government has described the death of Mrs Alhassan as tragic, sad and senseless, and coming at a time when her services to the state were most needed.
The state deputy governor, Yomi Awoniyi who visited Archbishop Egbunu to console with the church over the death of two of his parishioners who were killed by yet to be identified gunmen, described the circumstances of the death of Mrs Alhassan as painful, saying that the state had lost one of its finest and best materials.
While describing the late Mrs Alhassan as a wonderful personality, a complete woman and mother, Awoniyi noted that her death was not only a loss to her immediate family but to the entire state.
Although the security operatives are said to be on the trail of the attackers of the slain evangelists, it is being speculated that they must have been killed by armed robbers who have been rampaging the area recently.


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