The Baptist Church has revealed that it lost over 50 of its member in the recent attacks in Plateau State including Mangu, Barkin Ladi and Riyom local government areas.
The President of the Baptist Conference in Plateau, Rev. Keoleh Saleh, who announced the figure said those killed included a pastor, moderators, deacons, and several other members, while more than 500 members were displaced.
“This unfortunate carnage affected the Baptist Church seriously. In Kantoma in Mangu, where we have a big church, we lost over 31 members, including a Moderator,” Rev. Saleh said while addressing newsmen in Jos.
“Twenty-three women were made widows on account of the attack. We lost nine members in Jwak Maitumbi, and a member in Kombili. Most of our members displaced in over 10 local churches are taking refuge in different places.
“We have located four centres in Jos metropolis, where a family is hosting between 10 to 20 people, and we have over 200 displaced persons in Jos.
“We have 50 in Barkin Ladi, over 200 in Salama Baptist Church in Mangu and 78 others that include 44 little children at Bwarak, Pankshin,” he said.
Saleh further said the church had spent over N3 million to cater for the needs of its displaced members taking refuge in its various local churches in the last one week.
“Within one week, we spent about N2 million to get relief materials. But this was not enough, and our Baptist partners assisted us with N1 million to make it N3 million. But it was still not enough. We provided foodstuffs, clothing, shoes, mats, blankets and other items.”