Information reaching us says churches in Kaduna on Sunday closed earlier than usual for fear of bandit attacks.
The rumour of a bandit attack made some churches that usually conduct two-hour services close as early as 8.30.
Kaduna state has witnessed several bandits attacks in the hands of bandits. The easiest targets have been schools, churches, and mosques.
Although tight security was provided during church hours, many pastors closed hurriedly left church premises as rumours of likely attacks spread across the state.
A few weeks ago, a kidnapped young girl, who was released, told her parents in Kaduna that she heard kidnappers while in their den discussing possibilities of targeting churches and mosques.
“I heard kidnappers planning to attack churches since schools across the state are now on vacation,” she said.
Her revelations caused panic across the state. Some churches that have two to three services either merged them into one or significantly reduced the time spent in church.
Living Faith Church (also known as Winners Chapel) in Barnawa, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), God’s Chosen, St. Paul, and St. Joseph Baptist churches started their services by 7.30 am closed 8:30 am. Their usual closing time is 10.00.
Speaking with Daily Post over the development, Pastor Moses Godswill of MFM said protection is better than cure.
“It’s better to know what the bandits were planning, and take urgent decisions before the children of God are caught unaware”.
On his part, Pastor Solomon Ojeriba of God’s Chosen Church said God will never leave his own children for the devil to take away.
“Perhaps, that is why God revealed Himself through a released kidnapped victim. We need to take our decision before the devil sends its men to attack us,” he said.
Due to the security threats around the state and its environs, residents have had sleepless nights for months following.
Kidnappers have taken over the state, as they kidnap, demand ransom, and kill people at will if the ransom is delayed.