Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria police said they have arrested three suspects in connection with this week's gun attacks in Okene, central Kogi State, that left 19 dead.
The local media Thursday quoted police spokesman Frank Mba as saying the suspects were arrested after a gun battle between them and the police in a hill in the town.
“In the ensuing battle, the gang leader identified as Yekini Isah of Obehira area of Okene sustained injury on his head. Though he initially escaped from the scene, he was trailed and arrested in a hide-out at Ibilo in Edo State, where he was receiving native treatment for his gun wounds.
“Two other suspects, including a female, were arrested during the operation. One AK-47 rifle with 30 rounds of live ammunition was also recovered from the criminals,” Mr. Mba said in a statement
In a related development, the umbrella Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for additional security coverage of churches in the country.
“Oritsejafor believes that from this attack in Okene, the enemies of Christians and Christianity in Nigeria have changed tactics from their Sunday attacks on churches to an everyday onslaught. He, therefore, urges the leadership of the various churches in Nigeria to step up security around their churches as they hold their daily devotions, crusades and vigils while also being security conscious at all times,'' CAN President Ayo Oritsejafor said in a statement.
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