Boko Haram Killings: Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri Raises Alarm

The Catholic diocese of Maiduguri has decried the onslaught of the Boko Haram sect on the North-eastern part of Nigeria.

The diocese drew the attention of the world to what it called the apparent genocide of Christians in Borno in an electronic message issued through its Director of Social Communications, Fr. Gideon Obasogie.

‘‘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. Christians in the town are really in a terrible situation; a moment of great persecution.

‘’People were caught and beheaded if they refused to be conscripted,” Obasogie said.

He added that, “The houses of Christians that have fled are now occupied by the Haramists.”

The statements also corroborated claims that the Islamists have declared a Caliphate in Gwoza LGA of Borno State, a town bordering Borno and Adamawa states.

Obasogie said as a result, “strict Sharia Law has been promulgated, as observed by a woman who luckily escaped the death zone.’’

The Catholic diocese of Maiduguri also revealed that apart from churches within Maiduguri, that are under constant attacks from the insurgents, it has also closed down all the churches on the major road liking Maiduguri and Adamawa states due to these acts of terrorism.

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