Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi has said that the culprits of the Okene Deeper Life Church attack will face punishment from the law.
Mr. Wada made the statement while interacting with newsmen during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration in Lokoja on Sunday and stressed that there would be no sacred cow in the matter.
“It is hard to believe that criminals could walk into a church where innocent and unarmed people were worshipping God, put off the light, start shooting sporadically and kill people.
“They will be brought to justice and the full weight of the law would apply to them. Under my administration, there will be no sacred cows.
”Those who have been caught will be tried according to our law. There will be no room for manoeuvring.
”Our justice department will monitor the prosecution of these criminal elements and they will pay the price according to the laws of our land,” he said.
Mr. Wada appealed to the people of the state to be peaceful and law abiding and stressed that ”There is nothing to gain by violence but there is a lot to be gained through peace.”
Gunmen had attacked a Deeper Life Bible Church parish in Okene, Kogi, on Aug. 6 and killed 16 worshippers.