The man who was killed by bandits during Sunday Church Service in ‘Haske Baptist Church’ at Manini Tasha Village, Kuriga Ward of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna yesterday, April 25 has been identified as Dr. Zakariya Dogonyaro and his picture has been released.
The Baptist Church was attacked by heavily armed gunmen who broke into the church during their Sunday service yesterday, April 25. At least 4 worshippers were kidnapped from the church and the bandits also took the life of a Medical Doctor, Dr. Zakariya Doga Yaro who worked for the Kaduna State Ministry of Health when he was alive. However, one of the survivors of the attack identified as one Yakubu Bala has given a detailed explanation of what he saw during the attack.
The survivor narrates that the heavily armed bandits stormed the church premises around 9 am while the Sunday Service was ongoing. According to him, the bandits suspected to be herdsmen came on their motorcycles and they started shooting sporadically and indiscriminately which makes everywhere to be in disarray. All the worshippers immediately scampered for safety when they heard the gunshots.
According to what the man saw, some of the worshippers took to the bush to hide from the bandits during the attack but when the bandits left, some of those people who ran into the bush for safety could not be found.
The survivor said that the gunmen shot at his uncle, Dr. Zechariah Dongoyaro and he died on the spot. He named some of the people who were kidnapped as follows ‘…kidnapped five people including my late brother’s wife, my stepmother, my elder brother’s daughter and two other people. As I am talking to you now, we have not seen some of the villagers who ran into the bush’.
Apart from those who were abducted from the church, some other persons also sustained injury. The spokesperson of the Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige said one ‘Shehu Haruna’ was injured in the attack.
The man who died from the gunshot was a staff of Kaduna State Ministry of Health attached to the Primary Healthcare Center in Rimi Village, Udawa, CHikun LGA. Dr. Zakariya Doga Yaro died from the gunshot injuries sustained during the church attack.
One of the relatives of the deceased took to his Facebook page to mourn his uncle. The person writes that ‘Please pray along with us. The terrorist invaded Haske Baptist Church Manini today (during church service) shooting sporadically. My uncle Dr. Zakariya Dongoyaro was killed. We are yet to ascertain the number of people kidnapped… UNCLE I WILL FOREVER MISS YOU. GOOD NIGHT’.
The Governor of the State, Nasir El-Rufai also condemns the attack and he described it as a ‘shocking act of depraved persons far-removed from humanity.’ He says that attacking innocent worshippers who were just exercising their natural and lawful right to assemble in worship is the worst kind of evil.
May the deceased, Dr. Zakariya Dongoyaro rest in peace!