The dreaded Boko Haram sect have reportedly taken over the Catholic Church house, as well as houses of Christians in Madagali, Adamawa State.
The Catholic Church on Thursday, August 28, made this complain, in an electronic press statement by the Director, Catholic Social Communications in-charge of the Maiduguri Diocese, Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, said that though the members of Boko Haram had been known not to discriminate in their attacks, it however seemed that Christians and Christian institutions had been at the receiving end of the sect’s mayhem.
Obasogie said: “The whole town and the parish rectory have been occupied by the terrorists; so many structures and items have been vandalized. Dozens killed and a lot of church structures have been burnt down.”
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“Christians in the town are really in a terribly situation; a moment of great persecution.
“Christian men are caught and beheaded; the women are forced to become Muslims and are taken as wives to the terrorists. The houses of Christians that have fled are now occupied by the insurgents.
“Their cars are used by the terrorists. Some Muslims around identify Christian homes to be occupied and the Christians in hiding were also identified and killed. Strict Sharia Law has been promulgated, as observed by a woman who luckily escaped the death zone.”
“People are finding it really hard, citizens are been killed in their numbers. We hope Nigeria would be real in handling the dwindling state of insecurity that has enveloped the entire North east,” he added.
Rev. Fr Osagie said as a result of the mercilessly killings and havoc caused on Christians by the Insurgents, the Catholic Church had been forced to close down all the churches on the major road linking Borno and Adamawa states.
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Madagali town is the headquarters of the Madagali Local Government Area and it shares border with Borno and Adamawa states. It is also the closest town to Gwoza, the town that Boko Haram recently declared an Islamic Caliphate.
It has a large number of Catholics, and members of other Christian denominations, and a good number of Muslims.
Adamawa state has experienced series of attacks by the sect. It was reported last month that the sect stormed Garkida, in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing several people in the attack on Sunday, July 27, 2014.
The Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, who are known for detonating bombs, kidnappings and other inhumane acts have continued to take the lives of thousands in countless attacks, mainly in Northern Nigeria.