EMMNUEL AWARI, Jalingo
Members of the Southern Conference of the United Methodist Church in Nigeria, UMCN has expressed pains and displeasure over the barbaric murder of Pastor Ifraimu Markus which sad event took place on August 18, 2019, at the UMCN church Jauro Bakari Pastorium.
The Pastor was attacked by some unknown gunmen who came in their numbers asking for money and threatening lives of members in the area.
In a press statement by the Director, Convectional Ministries, Rev. Micah Dopah, issued to Journalists in Jalingo said: “This wicked act has been on for sometimes simultaneously, targeting mostly on our Pastors and members of our Conference and has continued unabated”.
“We the Pastors and members of the Southern Conference of the United Methodist Church in Nigeria wish to condemned in strong terms this devilish act of killings and destruction of our properties”.
The statement called on all tiers of Governments (Federal, State and Local Governments) and Communities to put their heads together towards seeing to the end of the incessant killings and destruction of properties.
“We also wish to call on the state government to as a matter of urgency investigate this matter and allow the law to take it’s cause on the culprits, we call on the state government to set up security outfits in our rural areas”.
According to the statement, Pastor Ifraimu Markus was murdered based on some unfounded rumors by opposition members within the church crisis, adding that it is a known fact that as a Church, it is not in position of any arms apart from the HOLY BIBLE.
“They argue with him before killing him, it was so glaring that the criminals acted based on false information given to them, there are richer people in that community, the criminals choose a middle class Pastor who innocently was serving the church to mourn him”.
“His attackers were suspicious of arms and money in his position, he was posted to Jauro Bakari two years ago to serve as a resident pastor, he met a divided church that worship separately in the same auditorium”.
The statement stated that from February 6, 2019 to date, the Conference has experienced such brutal act on about 26 of its innocent Pastors and members, mainly kidnappings leading to ransom payment in millions of Naira.
“In 2018, more than 420 were killed in herdsmen attacks with properties worth billions of Naira destroyed, leaving many widows and orphan children who are now suffering in Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs’ camps in neighbouring communities and up to the time of this Press Statement, continuous threats on lives of our members and pastors keep coming to them which is making life difficult for them as citizens of the state”.
The church and its members called on the government in strong terms to look into the matter with strict and stiff action to avert future occurrence.
It wish Governor Darius Ishaku more wisdom and protection as he continue to provide the dividend of democracy in the state and call on its members to be calm and law abiding citizens of the state as God is in control.
” We share our gravies and sympathy with the families of our slain pastor Ifraimu Markus””.
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