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Worshippers flee as gunmen invade church, shot pastor’s wife in Ebonyi

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By Ruth Oginyi

Scores of worshippers at the Power of Pentecostal Church, Okposi Achara, in Ohaozara local government area of Ebonyi state, were forced to flee the church when unidentified gunmen invaded the place and shot the pastor’s wife, Chinyere Uchechukwu.

Orient Daily gathered that the incident, which took place recently, brought the church service to abrupt end, as members who were at the prayer session, when the hoodlums stormed the arena abandoned their Bibles and other belongings as they scampered for safety.

Elders of the church and youths, who later returned to the church after the gunmen retreated, helped took the pastor’s wife to a nearby hospital, where she was given medical attention.

When contacted, the police public relations officer in the state, DSP Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident, disclosing that the commissioner of police in the state had ordered for full investigation over the shooting.

“Investigation is ongoing, the Commissioner of Police is very interested in this matter. He has ordered full investigation into this matter with a view to unravel the mystery behind the shooting, because, we are actually aware that there is cult clash in Ebonyi and the joint security operatives are on the matter, and we hope very soon we will be able to fish out those cultists.

“But it is very surprising that pastor’s wife is shot in the church and nothing was stolen to say is a case of robbery, and no other person was injured to say is a mistake of identity. The CP has directed that investigation should be strict. The matter have been transferred to state CID”, the PRO said, while assuring that the perpetrators would be brought to book.

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