Nigerian Pastor Killed by Unknown Gunmen
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2017 Mar 17
A pastor has been murdered by unidentified gunmen in Africa while he was on his way to distribute food items to church members.
CBN News reports that Pastor Godwin Emmanuel, who founded Love Fire Ministry, based in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, was shot by a group of men who were pretending that their car had broken down and were pushing it.
"The man of God stopped for them to pass so that he can have his way. He never knew that they were the people who came to attack him. So they shot him in the chest and stomach," Festus Edema, a representative from the church, told journalists.
Pastor Emmanuel had reportedly started the ministry only 11 months earlier.
"When I heard about the news of his death, it was devastating and shocking. It is a painful one, very painful, but God will give us the strength to go through it," said Pastor Esquire, a member of the church.
The identities of the murderers are unknown, as is the motive for the killing. State police commissioner Mr. Haliru Gwandu said he is prepared to get to the bottom of this case.
"My command is ever ready to deal decisively with night marauders," Gwandu said.
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Publication date: March 17, 2017