Assassins Disguised As Worshipers Shoot Priest In Lagos

Suspected assassins disguising as parishioners on Friday morning shot the parish priest at St Thomas Catholic church, Onilekere Cement Bus Stop in Ikeja, Lagos. 

A statement by Lagos police PRO, Olarinde Famous-Cole, says the hoodlums posing as parishioners attended the early morning mass in the church that was conducted by the victim.

Shortly after the service, they requested to have a dialogue with Rev Father Daniel Nwankwo who granted them audience outside the church auditorium and for reasons yet unknown, one of the hoodlums brought out a locally made pistol and shot at the Rev Father.

The Rev Father raised an alarm while the hoodlums fled the area and scaled through the fence towards an adjoining canal. He was immediately taken to LASUTH for medical attention where he is currently being treated and is under stable conditions.

The state commissioner of police, Imohimi Edgal, has visited the scene and spoken with a witness who confirmed that three assailant of Igbo background who were not known to be members of the church, were seen having a conversation with the Rev Father before he was shot at.

The CP also visited the Rev Father and spoke with him and confirmed that he is been given adequate medical care and he is recuperating fast. A crack team of detectives and operational officers from the police command have been dispatched to the scene and area leading to the canal where an eye witness confirmed the hoodlums ran towards.

Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack. They will be diligently interrogated for vital information to aid police investigation. 

CP Edgal assured that the hoodlums that made an attempt on Rev Father Nwankwo will be arrested and brought to book.