Pastor slain and family carted away…

The wife and three children of a pastor killed
by Boko Haram in the last Monday attack at a Borno
community may have been abducted by the
insurgents as members of the church headed by the
slain pastor said they are yet to see the family.
Suspected Boko Haram members attacked Dille
near Lassa in Askira/Uba Local Government, south
of Borno, killing no fewer than 25 people including
the pastor of the local assembly of The Redeemed
Christian Church of God (RCCG) in the town, Taiwo
According to reports from Daily Sun, a member of
the church, Jacob Mamza, spoke to journalists
yesterday on phone from Dille, about 200 kilometres
from Maiduguri, Borno State capital and recounted
how the Ondo State-born Pastor Taiwo was
murdered by the rampaging insurgents.
According to him, the clergy was shot and
butchered while attempting to flee his house on the
fateful morning of the attack, having realised the
attackers were closing in on him in his official
“The pastor was in his house at about 6am when
the insurgents attacked the village, his house was
surrounded by the hoodlums and while attempting to
run, he was shot. He was running to a neighbour’s
house and it was in the course of his fleeing that he
was shot in the head and the chest and the
insurgents equally came to butcher him to make
sure that he was dead,” Mamza disclosed in a
emotion-laden voice.
He said the terrorists then went into the pastor’s
house and burnt it, adding that Boko Haram fighters
may have abducted the pastor’s wife and three
children “who are apparently inside the house” at
the time of the attack.
“The family could have been abducted by the
insurgents who took away many of the residents of
the town because we didn’t see the family members
since then and none of them has called us. Though
their residence was completely razed by the
insurgents, we didn’t also find their corpses in the
debris. This is our dilemma now,” another church
member, who preferred anonymity, told journalists.
The source said members of the church at Dille who
were already scattered, may be compelled to bury
the slain pastor at Mubi in Adamawa State where
the corpse is presently deposited. The source said
the decision was informed by the decomposing
condition of the corpse and financial implication of
conveying it to Akure, Ondo State where the
deceased hailed from. “He might be buried at Mubi
for he was initially taken to a Mubi hospital where
he was embalmed but because it was not properly
done, the corpse started swelling up and a decision
was taken to bury him in the town.”


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