Soldiers on guard in troubled Southern Kaduna, on Sunday allegedly opened fire on Church workers killing six and injuring three others.
The Soldiers allegedly shot watchmen of St. Peters Catholic Church Gidan-Waya area of Jama’a local government who had mounted a temporary stop and search check point in front of their Church as service was on in the morning.
According to Christopher, a resident of Gidan-Waya ” It all started when a Soldier who has been in the area went to the Church’s watch men popularly known as Cadet and ordered them to dismantle the temporary check point during the Church service. The boys refused the Soldier’s order on the excuse that Church service was on and that they will do so as soon as service is over.
But dissatisfied with the explanation, the Soldier went back and mobilised his other colleagues who came and started firing at the local guards.
The gunshot automatically ended the church service. Women and youths immediately reacted to the shooting by confronting the soldiers and as a result one soldier and three other civilians got wounded,” said Christopher.
The situation led to a serious clashed between residents and the army personnel.