by Rachel Ogbu
Four church leaders were reported murdered on Monday in Gwoza village, Borno State.
The killings come after a recent attack where members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram were said to have attacked and killed several policemen in the same village.
In the latest occurrence, the church leaders mostly of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) were reportedly shot dead by men on motorbikes while resting near the church premises.
According to a church source, the names of those killed were Iliya Tada, Ayuba Yusuf, Idris Dogo. A fourth victim was a member of Ekliziyar Yan’uwa a Nigeriya (EYN -“Church of Brethern”).
Reverend Haskanda Jesu who spoke to SaharaReporters said that the victims were buried yesterday. There are also rumours that the gunmen have reorganised themselves in a nearby village in preparation for another attack.
The reverend told reporters that the police in the area have inadequate resources to prevent attacks, and are also fearful of Boko Haram.
President Goodluck Jonathan is currently working on a controversial amnesty for the Boko Haram, however the attackers alleged to be members of the terrorist group have continued to murder innocent people.