The wife of the Pastor of a Pentecostal Church was among six victims shot dead as gunmen invaded a Church just as the three day ultimatum given Christians in the northern part of the country expired on Thursday.
It is not known whether the assailants action has got to do with the utimatum, observers believe that more killings are likely to take place within the next months as the terrorists intensify their attacks on Christian community and locations.
Pastor Johnson Jauro said the killings took place when gunmen burst into his Deeper Life Church in Gombe, capital of Gombe state confirming his wife was among those killed. Ten other people were seriously injured.
Last Monday, Boko Haram, the religious terrorist group through a spoke person said it was giving all Christians in the Northern part of Nigeria to leave the region, giving an ultimatum of three days.
Nigeria has recently experienced a surge in ethnic and sectarian violence. The government declared a state of emergency in parts of the country.
“The attackers started shooting sporadically. They shot through the window of the church, and many people were killed including my wife,” Mr Jauro told Reuters news agency.
“Many members who attended the church service were also injured.”
The Islamic group Boko Haram has recently carried out a string of attacks, including the bombing of a church in the capital Abuja which killed dozens of people on Christmas Day.
In another development, Chairman of Kaduna based Yoruba Development Association, Chief Mukaila Ajibade has asked the Yorubas whether Muslims or Christians to leave the North before the expiration of the three-day ultimatum set by the Islamic fundamental group, Boko Haram.
Ajibade further told P.M.News that if it is true that Boko Haram issued the order that all Southerners should leave the North , then it must have a hidden agenda .
“We expect them to know that most Yorubas in the North are Muslims and to say all Southerners including Yorubas to leave is madness, unreasonable, stupid and anti development.
However, he emphasized that until and unless the Federal Government wakes up to its responsibilities of providing security for Nigerians and taming the dreaded Boko Haram sect , the Yorubas should leave the North for them .
“As Yorubas we value our lives and property and we should not allow a bunch of illiterates to cut short our lives under the guise of fighting christians and an unjust cause.”