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Zulum commiserates with Pastor who loses son in Borno church violence, says killer in Police net

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Zulum commiserates with Pastor who loses son in Borno church violence, says killer in Police net

By Eloyi Matthew

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State has commiserated with Pastor Bitrus Tumba, whose son, Ezekiel Bitrus died when violence broke out between a demolition task force of Borno Geographic System (BOGIS) and worshipers at a branch of EYN church in Maiduguri on August 5, 2021.

The Governor, who visited the pastor on Tuesday, was received by the family and some officials of the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), led by the association’s chairman, Bishop Mohammed Naga.

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According to reports, Zulum had on the day of the incident sent his deputy, Umar Usman Kadafur, to meet victims of the incident. The Governor also invited and met with Christian leaders, led by CAN chairman, Bishop Naga, after which he directed the police to thoroughly investigate the incident and report to him.

It was also gathered that Zulum was scheduled to visit Ezekiel’s family on the day of the incident, but had to abort to allow the tense situation to douse down. The Governor, instead, sent a private delegation to visit the family on his behalf while he worked behind the scene to calm down situations between religious leaders to prevent potential crises between youths from different faiths.

“Let me start by apologizing for delaying my visit even though I had sent a delegation to explain this to you. We deliberately delayed because of the tension in the town. We thought it was not a good time to pay you a visit then. I am here to commiserate with your family over the unfortunate death of our brother, Ezekiel Bitrus. My coming here today, weeks after that very unfortunate and painful incident, is proof that we have not forgotten the issue,” said Zulum.

The Governor, during the visit, assured the family of the deceased of his commitment to ensuring justice as soon as the Nigerian Police completes the ongoing investigation which he directed must be thorough.

“So far, suspects have been quietly arrested and all those involved in that dastardly act are being detained and God willing, they will face justice, as soon as the Police complete investigation and make appropriate recommendations. We shall do justice to the matter without fear or favour. We share your pains. No exercise of government is ever aimed to cause injury let alone the death of any citizen. Every person in Borno has equal rights and we have a duty to protect the rights of all persons, top of which is the security of lives. We are pained by what happened and we condole you and your family,” Zulum added.

Zulum commiserates with Pastor who loses son in Borno church violence, says killer in Police net
Zulum commiserates with Pastor who loses son in Borno church violence, says killer in Police net

Responding on his family’s behalf, Pastor Bitrus Tumba expressed appreciation to the governor for the visit and said, he considered Ezekiel’s death as an act of God which the family accepts in good faith.

Pastor Bitrus added that everyone dies in a different way, and God had destined Ezekiel to die from a gunshot which no one could have stopped.

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