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In Delta, suspected herdsmen kill pastor

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INSPITE of the security checkpoints put in place in Delta State, gunmen suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen last weekend invaded a branch of the Celestial Church in Ibusa in Oshimili North Local Government and killed resident pastor, Stephen Akpor.

  National Light gathered that hoodlums tried in vain to get entry from the main door and failed but later succeeded in opening the window from where they allegedly shot him several times.

  The pastor who was said to be newly transferred from Calabar was counseling five of his members at the church when the incident took place. 

  An eye witness account stated, “we were here in the church premises with the prophet and other members when suddenly two Fulani men came with rifles and ordered us to lie down. Our pastor got up and went into his room.

 ‘They beckoned on him to come back but he snubbed them. At that time those of us lying down were marched into the bush and they ordered us to remove our cloths and lie down.

  “Realising that they left someone in the church, they led us back to the church and ordered us to lie down. Then one of them went to meet the pastor in his room.

  “The next thing, we heard argument between the two as the second man joined him. They shot him several times through the window which made us to  escape into the bush”.

  “He was gunned down through the window as he was trying to find escape route “Before the police could arrive, he had died.”

  The Supreme leader of the church, Evangelist Isaiah George of Ughelli said he regretted the incident, describing his colleague as a humble man with fear of God.

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