Gunmen have killed a Pastor of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Zango-Kataf local government area of Kaduna state, Rev. Silas Yakubu Ali.
Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday evening, said Rev. Ali got missing on his way to Kafanchan on Saturday until his corpse was later found on Sunday.
Aruwan said security agencies have commenced investigations into the killing of the cleric.
According to him: “Security agencies have reported to the Kaduna State Government the killing of Reverend Silas Yakubu Ali, Pastor of ECWA Church, Kibori-Asha Awuce, in Zangon Kataf LGA, by unknown assailants.
“The report stated that Reverend Ali departed for Kafanchan on Saturday and was not heard from until his corpse was found by a search party early on Sunday at Kibori community, near Asha-Awuce, where he was apparently attacked and macheted to death.
“The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai expressed deep sadness at the report of the killing, which he described as horrifying and cruel. The Governor offered prayers for the repose of the soul of the cleric.
“Going further, Governor El-Rufai sent his condolences to the family of Reverend Silas Yakubu Ali, and to the ECWA Church in Kibori-Asha Awuce, as he prayed for God to grant them fortitude and comfort over this sudden and painful loss.
“The Governor urged security agencies to intensify efforts towards apprehending the perpetrators of the heinous killing, while appealing to members of the community to maintain calm.
“Security agencies are conducting investigations in the general area.”