Wife comatose as gunmen shoot pastor, kill two sons, kidnap daughter in Adamawa

A pastor in Adamawa, Rev Daniel Umaru, has been shot at his residence in Adamawa while his two sons were killed and their only daughter kidnapped.

He is the pastor in charge of ‘Eklesiya Yan’uwa A Nigeria’ (EYN); also known as Church of the Brethren, at Njairi in the Mubi Local Government Area.

According to a source, the gunmen attacked the cleric’s residence in the early hours of Wednesday and opened fire on him and his two sons, killing the sons instantly.

His wife is also reportedly comatose due to the shock while the pastor is currently battling life in the hospital.

“We heard terrifying gunshots from Reverend Umaru’s house around 2:00 am on Wednesday. The neighbourhood was rattled, we had to find where to hide.

“It felt like another round of Boko Haram invasion; we had no idea if we’ll be alive or we’ll be taken hostage before dawn.

“About now, the pastor is receiving medication at the Mubi General Hospital, while his traumatised wife is on life support at the same hospital,” the source informed.

Reacting, the Adamawa state government condemned the attack and offered condolences to the family of the pastor.

A spokesperson for the governor, Humwashi Wonosikou, in a statement noted that “gunmen have shot Pastor Daniel Umaru, killed two of his sons and kidnapped his 13-year-old daughter”.

“Governor Fintiri while offering his condolences to the family over the death of their children described as shocking and barbaric the action of the gunmen.

“The State Government condemns in the strongest terms the despicable attack on this innocent family; the perpetrators of this heinous act must be brought to justice, and we have offered our full support to the Security Agencies to do so,” he added.

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