Unidentified gunmen in the early hours of Friday attacked a Catholic Church in Lagos.

The gunmen numbering 3 were said to have shot a Reverend Father.
 
The victim, Daniel Nwankwo, was the parish priest of St Thomas Catholic Church, Onireke, Lagos.

It was gathered that the priest had just finished attending to a church member when he was attacked by his assailants.

He was said to be walking away after rounding off,  when the gunmen approached him and told him they needed N5,000 to use in paying the hospital bill of someone.

They later shot him in the stomach.

The attackers scaled the fence after hitting their target.

A statement released by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the hoodlums posing as parishioners, attended the early morning mass in the church that was conducted by the victim.

Shortly after the service, they requested to have a dialogue with Rev Father Daniel Nwankwo who granted them audience outside the church auditorium and for reasons yet unknown, one of the hoodlums brought out a locally made pistol and shot at the Rev Father.

The Rev Father raised an alarm while the hoodlums fled the area and scaled over the fence towards an adjoining canal. The Rev Father was immediately taken to LASUTH for medical attention where he is currently being treated and is under stable conditions.

The State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, has visited the scene and spoken with a witness who confirmed that Three (3) assailant of Igbo background who were not known to be members of the church, were seen having a conversation with the Rev Father before he was shot.

The Commissioner of Police has visited the Rev Father Daniel Nwankwo and spoke directly with him and confirmed that the Rev Father is been given adequate medical care and he is recuperating fast.

A team of detectives and operational officers from the police command have been dispatched to the scene and area leading to the canal.

Five (5) suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack.

The commissioner also ordered the deployment of static police guard in all churches and mosque across the state.

This is against the usual Fridays & Sundays as ordered by former Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni.

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