by Isi Esene
16 people have been confirmed dead in a Deeper Life Bible Church attack in Okene, Kogi State on Monday night. The attack was carried out by unknown gunmen during a Bible study programme in the church, where an undisclosed number of people assembled.
The gunmen were said to have invaded the church at 7pm, blocked all exits and began shooting indiscriminately at the worshippers.
Fifteen were said to have died instantly, while another victim died in the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the gruesome attack.
“We are shocked. It is serious,” a pastor of the Deeper Life Church told journalists last night.
“As I am talking to you now, we have just counted sixteen bodies. No fewer than nine others have been rushed to the Okene General Hospital, Okene,” the source said.
According to the Nation Newspapers, the commander of Army Headquarters Task Force, Lt. Colonel Gabriel Olorunyomi, confirmed the incident saying, “Unknown gunmen invaded the Deeper Life Church this night (Monday) during a worship service and opened fire at the worshippers.”
The Kogi State Police spokesman, Simon Ile, also confirmed the incident but refused to give details saying that he was yet to be properly briefed by the Divisional Police officer in charge of that area. He, however, assured the public that the perpetrators would be apprehended and brought to book.
An attack on the Living Faith Church on Lagos Road in Okene was last month prevented by security operatives who foiled a planned bomb attack on the church.
The reason for the Kogi attack is not immediately clear and no group has claimed responsibility.