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How My Husband Was Shot Dead By Gunmen, Pastor Wife Narrates

Agabus Pwanagba

The wife of Pastor Blessing Osapkolor Ehiotobo has narrated how her husband was shot dead at their house at Gindi village near Gubi in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The mother of 4 wept uncontrollably on Monday in Bauchi while narrating the incident to journalists.

She said she was with her husband and their youngest child, a 2-year old boy on Saturday August 9th, 2014 at about 11pm when the gunmen stormed their house.

“They jumped over the fence and entered the compound. Our dog was barking and my husband went outside to check. He was holding his touch light in his hand. The next thing I heard was gunshots fired three times.”

The woman said she got up from her bed to find out what was happening, only to be confronted by three men in her bedroom who were armed to the teeth and pointing guns at her.

“They asked me for money but I told them that I didn’t have money. One of them said they should kill me but another one said no I have a small child then one of them walked out of the room and the others followed.”

The widow said she crawled into a nearby farm and ran to a neighbor’s house only to come as early as 5am in the morning to their house and discovered in the morning that her husband was killed.

“I saw him in the pool of his blood. He was shot in the head. I raised alarm but nobody came out. I called some of his friends in Bauchi who came to the house and later reported the incident at the Ganjuwa Police Station.

“The DPO came and my husband’s corpse was taken to the Abubakar Tafawa UniversityTeaching Hospital.”

“My husband was a peaceful man who was well known in the community for several years.”

The couple has been living in the village for almost 13 years doing missionary work peacefully.

Reacting to the incident, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Bauchi State, Reverend Joshua Maina said CAN is aware of the death of Pastor Ehiotobo.

“We notified the security agencies and I believe they are aware and are doing their investigation.

“It is unfortunate that the lives of people are being played with because any responsible government values the lives of its people and must ensure protection of the people’s lives. Rev. Maina lamented.


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