A group of bandits has written to the Christian community in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria to close churches or risk ferocious attacks, SaharaReporters has exclusively learnt.
The Zamfara State police command has confirmed the threat to SaharaReporters, saying, "We are on top of the threat."
Spokesperson for the command, DSP Mohammed Shehu, told our correspondent that the police were aware of the threat letter.
He said, "Yes, I can confirm that it's true, a threat letter was sent to the Christians in Zamfara State to stop worship and to close churches.
"Actually the police informed the Christian leaders about the threat.
"Accordingly the CP has invited the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state to discuss security measures around the churches.
"In that regard, a special squad has been created by the CP to patrol and protect worshippers, especially on Sundays.
"Additionally, plain-clothes personnel have been deployed for intelligence gathering and to unravel those behind the threat letter," he said.NaijaBlog.ng