Yet to be identified gunmen have made an attempt on the life of the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Christian Religious Affairs to the Bauchi State Governor, Pastor Zakka Luka Magaji.
Confirming the attack, the State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ahmed Wakil, confirmed that yet-to-be-identified gunmen numbering seven, stormed the residence of the Pastor in Birshin, a suburb of the Bauchi metropolis.
SP Ahmed Wakili who gave the details via a mobile phone conversation said the Command received a distress call on an attempt on the life of one Pastor Zakka Luka Magaji, SSA Christian Religious Affairs to Bauchi state Governor.
“The Command received the distress call at about 0013hrs that the house of was attacked by some armed men, numbering about seven”.
“On receipt of the distress call, the Commissioner of Police directed the DPO E-division to act immediately. The DPO led his team with other tactical Commanders such as RRS B-division, for a quick intervention, where the armed men ran into the Bush”.
“A 32 years old man who is a member of Christian Life Church living together with Pastor Zakka was injured in the process. Police personnel were at the scene of the crime where three empty shells of 7.6mm ammunition were recovered” he said
The Police Spokesperson added that the Police who were there on a rescue mission immediately took the victim and rushed him to ATBU Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) for medical attention”.
Ahmed Wakili then assured that Police patrol has been intensified along the area, combing the bushes to be able to arrest the perpetrators of this dastardly act.
He assured residents of the state that the Command is doing everything possible to provide adequate security for lives and properties appealing, however, that people should be security conscious and vigilant and ensure that suspicious people are reported to the nearest security point for action.
While speaking to our Correspondent, Pastor Zakka Magaji said, “I was their target even though I don’t know their motives but God has proven Himself. The person injured is getting better now”.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Religious Affairs and Community Development, Umar Babayo Kesa has led the management and staff of the Ministry to sympathize with the SSA, Magaji over the attempt on his life.
The Commissioner said they were at the house to express their deep sympathy for the incident praying that God will continue to protect him and his family from evil men.
The victim, Pastor Zakka Magaji thanked the Commissioner and the management of the Ministry for the visit saying that it was a demonstration of cordial and peaceful co-existence among the people of the state under the leadership of the state Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir.