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Four days ago, suspected armed Fulani’s herdsmen reportedly attacked the mission base and family home of Rev. Canon Bayo James Famonure, the headmaster of Messiah College and leader of popular Calvary Mission (CAPRO) and Agape Missions, he was shot in the forehead and leg. His wife Naomi was shot in the back, and their sons Adua and Victor were shot in the feet, after which the assailants fled the area.
However, the four members of the family miraculously escaped death with only wounds from the deadly attack.
In a statement released by Revered Cannon Bayo Famonure himself on Saturday, he attributed the escape to the handiwork of God alone. He wrote:
“Thanks for your concern. I am overwhelmed……I have been reading and weeping. We cannot thank GOD enough. The bullet, though shot at very close range, didn’t enter my skull. Then, they shot at my leg, but it did not break any bone. It could only be GOD! I feel so humbled that He took that much care on me. The bullet that entered my wife’s back avoided the spine narrowly and stopped short of touching vital organs by the whiskers. How can I thank the GOD who is like this?!!!!! As I am writing, I am crying. Afresh, I pledge my life to His Service.”
A fellow Missionary Victor Tukura, who visited the hospital where the Famonures are recuperating has this to say concerning the attack.
“Good morning Brethren. I am reporting from JUTH and I have encouraging news for you. I have seen and spoken with Auntie Naomi. She is stable and calm. I conveyed the brethren’s greetings to her and she appreciates all your prayers. I spoke extensively with the doctor in charge. What she told me is nothing short of a miracle. The bullet stopped just before her spinal cord. It was really close and any movement forward would have been instant paralysis.
We are also in touch with the Gana Ropp Hospital. They have referred Uncle Bayo and the two others to JUTH, so that all of them can be in one place and for better care…..Thank you everyone for your PRAYERS. Evil will NEVER overcome GOOD in the land, in JESUS NAME.
The attack is the latest in a series of coordinated assaults on Christian communities in Plateau and Kaduna states by armed assailants of Fulani origin that continue unabated despite the imposition of COVID-19 related lockdowns in both states. On 3 May, four members of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) were ambushed and killed by Fulani assailants as they travelled by motorcycle from Kwell village to Miango Town in Plateau state.
Since the attack on May 5th, 2020 there has been a massive outpouring of love and solidarity showered on the family of Rev Canon Bayo & Naomi Famonure after the deadly attack on their family home in Gana Ropp.
According to a statement released by one Gideon Para-Mallam on behalf of the Coordinating Team for the treatment of the Famonures, several sacrificial giving have been received towards the medical expenses of the family at JUTH.
He states further: The Church is indeed a FAMILY. It is a miracle that four persons were shot with bullets at close range, but with no fatalities. Only God could have been at work! The Plateau State Government in its magnanimity, without request, has made a commitment to settle all the medical bills. We thank His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Simon B. Lalong for his kind gesture. The implications of the event of Tuesday night are far reaching and should not be allowed to happen again. Accordingly, there are strategic security arrangements being put in place to secure the abode of the Famonures, to forestall a reoccurrence”
The bullet, though shot at very close range, didn’t enter my skull. Then, they shot at my leg, but it did not break any bone. It could only be GOD! I feel so humbled that He took that much care on me. The bullet that entered my wife’s back avoided the spine narrowly and stopped short of touching vital organs by the whiskers.
The Reverend Yunusa Nmadu, General Secretary of ECWA and CEO of CSW Nigeria, said: “We condemn the appalling attack on Reverend Canon Famonure and his family, and we pray for their speedy recovery. The relentless campaign of violence against Christian communities in Kaduna and Plateau, which continues despite the existence of lockdowns in both states, is both perplexing and entirely unacceptable. The fact that these armed assailants are able to attack at will constitutes a security emergency, and every relevant federal and state agency should be brought to bear to ensure the investigation, arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators and their enablers. The cycle of impunity must be brought to an end. Only the presence of security and justice will prevent retaliatory violence from taking hold. The time for federal and state authorities to guarantee security, welfare and the sanctity of life of the Christian community in these areas is long overdue.”
CAPRO is a 45 year old Body of Missionaries who labour in Mission Fields all over Africa, and in other parts of the world. These Missionaries are not salaried; they live by Faith, depending totally on GOD’S Providence, and the Goodwill of Family Members and Supportive Brethren from different churches.
What is today known as Calvary Ministries (CAPRO) came into being in 1975 (precisely April 25th). It started in Zaria, in northern Nigeria after some young Christians burdened to evangelize non-christians attempted a crusade in that ancient city. They were attacked, but instead of being discouraged, the experience stirred them to prayers and more action.
The vision was thus born to make such cities and tribes, as well as other unreached people groups of Northern Nigeria and West Africa an object of concerted missionary effort. Calvary Productions (CAPRO), as it was first called was thus born. The pioneer leadership team was lead by Bayo Famonure. This team led various youths from all across Nigeria into intensive evangelism of non-Christians both in northern Nigeria and neighbouring Niger Republic.
By 1979 CAPRO name was changed from Calvary Production to Calvary Ministries (CAPRO) to reflect her diversity of ministry operations and a new emphasis on targeting ethno linguistic clusters of peoples. And by the early 1980s this led to the recruiting of full-time cross-cultural missionaries to live and plant churches among verified unreached peoples.
Some of the first ethnic groups to be entered were the Maguzawa people and the Gbagyi people of Kaduna State in Nigeria. Soon after this several other unreached peoples were engaged in Nigeria. Also by the early 1980s, foreign fields were also pioneered in Niger Republic, Senegal and Guinea (all in West Africa) to engage ethnic groups with no known Christian.
Today, CAPRO now works in 34 countries among over 60 unreached ethnic groups with many churches planted. Starting from northern Nigeria, CAPRO now works all over Africa, in Europe and the Middle East. In recent years CAPRO has especially emphasized outreach to North Africa and the Middle East and some underground churches have been planted.