Two of the armed robbers who attacked Rev. Canon Bayo James Famoure, the founder of Agape Mission Messiah College, Gana Ropp, in Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau State have confessed that they were actually paid the sum of N200,000 each to kill the man of God and his family because he always preached against their activities.
The suspects, Audu Adamu and Muhammad Sale, according to a statement by the State Police Command, were arrested in a forest after an intensive manhunt for them embarked by the police, the Special Task Force of the Nigerian Army and the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the Command.
In the attack which took many by surprise, eight blood thirsty bandits had gained entrance into the home of the Famoures and shot the General Overseer of Capro International Ministry in the head and leg and thinking he had died, went into his wife’s room and shot her in the back.
Not done, they went after their son and shot him in the back and leg before ransacking the house, stealing cash and other valuables to make it look like it was an armed robbery attack, before escaping when they heard sirens coming their way.
Luckily for the man of God and his family, they all survived the attack as they were rushed to the hospital by a combined team of police and soldiers.
However, while confessing to their crime at the State Police Headquarters, the suspects said they were actually paid to kill Famoure and his family because he was fond of preaching against their activities in the state and other parts of the country.
Speaking on behalf of his colleague, Adamu said some of their elders contracted them to kill the Reverend because he hated them and always preached against them.
“We were paid N200,000 each to kill the pastor by some of our elders because he hates us so much and was always preaching against us.
He used every opportunity to talk bad against us and made the people to turn against us whenever we go out to graze our cattle. He would tell the people not to allow us to graze on their lands because we are evil people.
So our elders called us and told us that we should kill him and members of his family but that we should make it look as if it was an armed robbery attack. Our elders were the ones who gave us the guns we used. We also had machetes and other weapons with us.
On the day we went to his house, he was in one room praying when we forced the door open. We told him to give us money and other valuables in the house but he told us that he did not have any money in the house. He was still praying when I shot him in the head and another of our members shot him in the leg.
He fell to the ground and remained still, so we thought that he was dead. We went into another room and found his wife also praying and trying to send a text message and Sale shot her in the back and leg and she also fell down.
We began searching other rooms and found his son hiding in the bathroom and we shot him also. To make it look like it was armed robbery like our elders told us, we began searching the house where we found small cash.
We also took some phones and laptops we found but while we were still searching for other things, we heard sirens and we knew that the police were coming, so we escaped by scaling the fence of the compound into the bush.
When we got to our elders, we told them that we had killed the man and his family and they were very happy with us but the next day, we heard that they did not die. Our elders told us to hide in the bushes and wait for another opportunity to go after them.
Some of us left Plateau and went to other places to cool down but myself and Sale decided to hide in the bushes because of our cattle and family.
I don’t know how the police and soldiers managed to find us because they just came and arrested us. The man hates us so much and our people believed that they deserve to die. I don’t know how they all managed to survive.”