The Kaduna State Government has confirmed the killing of Reverend Silas Yakubu Ali, Pastor of ECWA Church, Kibori-Asha Awuce, in Zangon Kataf local government area by unknown gunmen.

The Kaduna State Government has confirmed the killing of Reverend Silas Yakubu Ali, Pastor of ECWA Church, Kibori-Asha Awuce, in Zangon Kataf local government area by unknown gunmen.

Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan in a statement said it was reported that Reverend Ali departed for Kafanchan on Saturday, and was not heard from until his corpse was found by a search party early on Sunday at Kibori community, near Asha-Awuce, where he was attacked and macheted to death.

He added that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has expressed sadness at the report and described the act as horrifying and cruel.

Aruwa said El-Rufai had also sent his condolences to the family of Reverend Silas Yakubu Ali, and to the ECWA Church in Kibori-Asha Awuce, as he prayed for God to grant them fortitude and comfort over this sudden and painful loss.

He also called on security agencies to intensify efforts towards arresting the culprits and appealed to members of the community to maintain calm.

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