The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bauchi State chapter, said on Tuesday that some officials of the association received text messages prior to Sunday’s church attack in the state.
CAN Secretary in the state, Joshua Maina, said this in an interview in Bauchi.
“Prior to the Yelwa attack, we received series of texts; I received one too and the security people yesterday confirmed the fact that they trailed this actor right away from Zaria, they followed them down to Bauchi here.
“And the attack was to be on certain churches, they have named some particular churches to be attacked, those churches were mentioned to us.
“And as a matter of urgency, the law enforcement agents decided to keep vigilance over these various churches.
“Unfortunately for all of us, these actors decided to now change their style by going to Yelwa side and to attack that church that became the victim.”
He said Boko Haram was responsible for the Bauchi attack based on security report available to the church.
“From the confirmation we got from the security personnel, it is Boko Haram who attempted to bomb the church, and they have succeeded in executing.
“As to what could be the reason, that one depends on a particular operation, because we couldn’t verify why this attack on Living Faith and Harvest Field at this particular time.
“But from what we are told, there is a reason for the attack; but the person who has information on the reason for the attack could not disclose it to us, I guess for security reasons.
“But whatever could be the reason, it is lamentable situation we have found ourselves in Northern Nigeria, where we have woken up to bombed the region, destroyed the region, and at the end of the day to live for posterity without anything to lay hold of.”