Death toll rises in Okene massacre

The death toll in yesterday’s attack on a Deeper Life Church in Okene, Kogi State, has hit 17. 

The latest casualty was reported by doctors hours after the shooting.

Unknown gunmen had on Monday night invaded a Deeper Life Church in the Otite area of Okene, Kogi state, behind the Federal Collage of Education in the area, opening fire on worshippers observing night Bible studies.

Staff of the college, including the Dean of Science, Esther Omeiza, was critically injured in the attack. Family members said she was shot both in her arms and legs.

The pastor of the church, Stephen Lambe, a lecturer at the Kogi State Polytechnic, Osara campus, died instantly, during the attack.

Survivors said the attackers first put off the church’s power generating set before opening fire on the victims from all sides of the uncompleted church, living little room for escape.

Injured survivors are currently receiving treatment at the Maternity Clinic, Federal Collage of Education and the General Hospital, both in Okene. 

Critically injured victims were rushed to hospitals in Lokoja, the state capital.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet. 

The Okene area of Kogi state is a flash point for violence and has recently been linked to the extremist terror group, Boko Haram

A  bomb had on July 15 gone off in the Obehira area of the city.

The blast occurred near the MPC filling station in the town.

The bomb, according to witnesses, was concealed in a parked black Rover car with registration number LKJ 919 AA. The car’s boot was completely damaged

Two suspects were arrested by security agents after the explosion.

The following day, the police announced the recovery of 46 Improvised Explosive Devices, and the arrest of a suspect from a residential building during an overnight operation.


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