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13 Christians Massacred In Kano By Suspected Boko Haram Members

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The ever increasing killings by the Boko Haram sector has continued unabated, this the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) are at the moment mounting pressures of investigation in the last Saturday’s gruesome murder of 13 Christians by unknown gunmen which are suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists.

While addressing newsmen in Kano on Tuesday, the Chairman of CAN Kano state branch, Bishop Ransom Bello told reporters names of 13 members of CAN who were  shot dead in one compound at Sheka area in Kumbotso Local Government, has  been sent to CAN headquarters for further action.

The Bishop who also is the General Overseer of Calvary Life Assembly said that the 13 slain Christians who were shot dead by the gunmen around 7.30 pm on that fateful day are all factory workers who live in a large compound around Sharada Phase 111.

However, the Bishop said that the only survivor from the attack said that the gunmen stormed the compound in two taxi cabs and separated the men from the women and children and opened fire on the men, killing the 13 of them on the spot; “Reports of the attack reaching us disclosed that, that fateful Saturday at about 7 pm, Muslim faithful were conducting their prayer close to the affected compound occupied by Christian families, when two taxi cabs stopped in front of the compound and the occupants, who all concealed their arms dashed into the complex and of demanded to know why the residents were not part of the 7 pm Muslim prayer.”

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“They responded by telling the visitors they were Christians and so could not be part of the Muslim gathering, at that point, they separated the men, about of them from their wives and children and shot them dead on the spot after ordering the women and children into their homes. The 13th victim, who hid in a dark alley in the compound, surrendered himself, following threats by the gunmen to visit the same fate on the women and children if any man was found shielded,” Bello stated.

The CAN chairman of Kano, said that he is troubled over the silence of the relevant authorities in the state, including the government on such a high-profile murder, even though we believe it is the handiwork of extremists; “who do not see the reason why the Muslim North should accommodate Christians; adding that National president of CAN, Pastor Ayo Orisiejefor has been adequately briefed about the incident with a list of the victims, including their state of origin, “we have submitted them to CAN headquarters and we have been informed that actions were being taken.”

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Meanwhile CAN said that it is also worried on alleged insensitivity of the authorities to the plight of the affected families; “Government should show more concern, like it has always done when Muslims are affected; I have not seen that in the case of Christians, that 13 Christians were killed in one straight attack and nothing is heard from the government reflects selective justice because we are aware of compensation paid to Muslim families in situations of this nature.”

However, responding, Kano State Commissioner of Police, Musa Daura, said the Command is doing all within its power to track down perpetrators of the attack, adding that t detectives of the Command have been deployed to nose for clues that will lead to the arrest of possible suspects. He described the incident as unfortunate and embarrassing.

Meanwhile it gathered that since after the attack on the Emir, there has been mass exodus in Kano over the insecurity in the state, as majority of business men in the state are leaving for good as it is now crystal clear that the Kano State Government cannot guarantee their safety.

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