Reverend Hosea M. Akuchi, the pastor of Nasara Baptist Church, Guguwa was killed by armed gunmen while his wife was kidnapped. The criminals attacked the church premises after midnight and started firing sporadically in the air before they gained entrance to his residence where they shot him.
The Kaduna state command of the Nigerian police force confirmed the unfortunate incident in a statement to the press. The spokesman for the command DSP Yakubu Sabo confirmed the death of Reverend Hosea and the abduction of his wife. He also informed all members of the public that investigations were underway so that the culprits would be brought to justice as soon as possible.
“At the early hours of today, information reached us that some armed men stormed the house of Reverend Hosea and attempted to kidnap him but was shot dead while struggling with them and his wife was taken away. It is unfortunate that while we are keeping the peace we are enjoying in Kaduna state, some elements are sabotaging our collective efforts” DSP. Sabo said. Some policemen were killed by bandits some weeks ago in Kaduna while the Nigerian Army recovered some arms and made some arrests as they strive to improve the security situation of the state.
Reacting to the unfortunate event, Sen. Shehu Sani representing Kaduna central senatorial district paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased. The senator visited the children, mother, and brother that the reverend left behind. He also urged all security agencies to do fish out the criminals that carried out this wicked act.
“The Killing of Pastor Hosea Akuchi of the Baptist Church and the abduction of his wife in Igabi LG Kaduna state by kidnappers’ stands condemned. Security agencies must step up efforts to fish out these. My condolences to the families of the deceased. “Pastor Hosea Akuchi of the Baptist Church was brutally murdered in the presence of his children; his wife was also abducted by kidnappers last Sunday in Kaduna. Today, I visited his children, aged mother and a brother he left behind,” he tweeted.
The Christian Association of Nigeria have also condemned the killing and consoled the family. CAN also urged the government and the security agencies in Nigeria to bring an end to the unnecessary killings that have plagued Nigeria in recent months.