Evangelical pastor killed in Toro
A pastor was shot at close range in a killing which has rocked the community of Toro in Bauchi State, according to a statement from the church issued on Tuesday 20 March.
The Rev Isah Nanaf, a pastor with the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) and Secretary to the District Church Council (DCC), was standing by the roadside in Toto, a predominantly Muslim community. The area has been hostile to Christians for some time, and many churches have been burnt and destroyed in over five years of attacks on Christian communities near Jos.
“A gunman who was standing across the road moved closed to him and shot him at a very close range.” The statement said that the Rev Isah Nanaf “was shot severally at his neck, heart, stomach and at the pelvis by the gunman.”
“Those who rushed Rev Nanaf to the hospital after the attack said he died on their way to the hospital due to excessive loss of blood. The hospital confirmed there was an internal bleeding.”
“The police that arrested the suspected gunman is yet to tell the church what led to the attack, the police has been unnecessarily quite since the incidence, but we hope they will do justice to this innocent man” according to the Rev Ebenwokodi (ECWA). The police have not revealed the name of the assailant.
The Pastor’s wife, Mrs Rafinda Isah is pregnant with the couple’s sixth child. The church statement said that it was difficult for the family to bear the “sudden death of their bread winner. This kind of assassination has not happened to us as a church in recent times”.
Rev Nanaf killed will be buried on Monday 26 the Church said.
Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of thAnglican Diocese of Jos