*Women taken for wives by insurgents
Christians in Madagali, an Adamawa State community with large Catholics in a local government that borders Borno State, are now targets of Boko Haram, Director, Catholic Social Communications, Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, has said.
The cleric in a statement, said: “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 Haramists.”
Father Obasogie further said: “…their cars are used by the terrorists. Some Muslims around identify Christian homes to be occupied and the Christians in hiding are also identified and they are killed. Strict Sharia Law had been promulgated, as observed by a woman who luckily escaped the dead zone.”
He lamented that: “The situation as it is now has really and truly gone out of control. People are finding it really hard, citizens are been killed in their numbers.”
He said it is hoped that Nigeria would be real in handling the dwindling state of insecurity that has enveloped the entire North-east.
The clergyman said the Catholic Church was compelled to close down all the churches on the major road linking Maiduguri and Adamawa State because of the acts of terrorism.
The Catholic Church also claimed that the insurgents took over the parish’s rectory and other houses of Christians in last week’s attack on the community.
Obasogie said though the members of Boko Haram have no demarcation regarding their ultimate targets, he argued that the sect in recent times have zeroed in on Christians and ‘Christian institutions have been at the receiving end of the satanic group.’
Obasogie said in Madagali, which is the closest town to Gwoza with a large number of Catholics, and members of other Christian denominations equally with a good number of Muslims, “the whole town and the Parish rectory have been occupied by the terrorists, so many structures and items have been vandalized. Dozen killed and a lot of church structures have been burnt down.”
He decried that “Christians in the town are really in a terribly situation; a moment of great persecution.