An assistant pastor of the King of Kings Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Lagos State has been shot dead.
The pastor, identified as Bolanle Ibrahim, was gunned down on the altar of the church located inside Maidan village in Ikosi Ketu Local Government Area of Lagos State.
He was said to have been praying for some persons during a child dedication when the gunmen broke into the church.
The gunmen reportedly tried to drag Ibrahim out, but another senior pastor in the church approached them and demanded what they wanted from him.
They were said to have attacked the pastor before returning to the victim.
The deceased's aunt, Mrs Justina Alebiosu, described the incident as a clear case of assassination.
"Before they killed him, they showed him his picture to identify if he was actually the right person they came for. His death was an unfortunate one, we have lost a gentleman, it was true we were born as Muslims, but we converted to Christianity. My thinking is that my brother had a business transaction with someone," the New Telegraph quoted her to have said.
"I was told when the assailants wanted to drag him out of the pulpit where he was praying for women who brought their children for dedication, he begged them to kill him there and that was where he was eventually killed by the gunmen."
She stated that the assailants also threatened to shoot any member of the church who tried to challenge them.
Mrs Alebiosu called on the police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, to release the body of her brother for burial, saying, "presently we are all down morally, because of his sudden death."
The distraught wife of the deceased, Mrs Kudirat Ibrahim, who said her husband was fasting the day he was killed, dismissed the insinuation that he was a cultist.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident, said the police have launched a manhunt for the assailants.
He said, "We are investigating the case because we have a clue into the killing."