I will begin with the initial AFP report whose appearance, via Australia's ABC, sent me on a tour of the Nigerian press online, where I found some rather more detailed accounts - several of which were open for Comment.
'Gunmen Massacre Nigerian Churchgoers'.
And what kind of gunmen are they most likely to be, AFP? In an area where a well-armed jihad gang, Boko Haram, is running riot? - CM
'Gunmen stormed an evangelical church in central Nigeria, cut the electricity and opened fire once the building was plunged into darkness, killing 19 people, including the pastor, officials said.
'Residents in the town of Okene in Kogi state, where the church was attacked late on Monday, reported fresh gun battles on a main commercial street on Tuesday, but the circumstances were not immediately clear.
'Officials said it was too early to say who carried out the church raids, but the radical Islamist group Boko Haram has repeatedly targeted Christians during worship in a series of gun and suicide bomb attacks.
'Kogi, south-west of the capital Abuja, has not been hit particularly hard by the Islamists (until now...CM), although members of the group are believed to have come from the ethnically diverse (sic: that should read, rather, 'the religiously mixed' - CM) area.
'In mid-July, a bomb went off near another church in Okene, but caused no casualties, while in April, the military said it had discovered a Boko Haram bomb making factory in Kogi, in the town of Ogaminana.
'The Deeper Life Church in Okene was attacked by "unknown gunmen" at roughly 8: 20 pm on Monday, said Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel Olorunyomi, head of a military task force in Kogi.
'Before firing on worshippers who had come for a regular Monday evening service, two of the three assailants knocked out the building's generator, state police spokesman Simon Ile said.
They did something else, too, but AFP isn't going to mention it. - CM
'When troops arrived at the scene, they "saw 15 people dead, including the pastor", said Lt Col Olorunyomi, who added that four more people later died from their wounds. Several others were injured.
'Mr Ile said there were no early indicators regarding the culprits.
"They entered the church...they just opened fire and they went away. We don't know their motives yet", he said.
'We don't know their motives'. Really? I I very much doubt that they were from any rival Christian group, or that they were mere criminals looking to steal things. The whole modus operandi, and the fact that killing a lot of Christians appears to be the raison d'etre of the attack, tells me that they were...Mohammedans, celebrating 'the Month of Jihad' in the traditional manner.
And now for an article from a Nigerian paper, the 'Sun News', Emanuel Adeyemi in Lokoja and Christopher Oj in Lagos reporting, that includes the testimony of a couple of those who survived the attack.
"How we escaped from Kogi church attack, by survivors.
'Twenty four hours after the deadly attack on a Deeper Life Bible Church in Otite, Okene Local Council, Kogi State, survivors yesterday recounted how they cheated death.
'The gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram, attacked the worshippers during the weekly Bible study, killing 16 people. The death toll rose to 20 by Press time.
'The survivors said that the gunmen first blocked the church's three entrances before spraying the occupants with bullets.
It's that bit about the attackers blocking the exits that AFP either didn't bother to find out, or chose not to tell us about. - CM
'The hoodlums, they noted, arrived at the premises in three unmarked Toyota buses, disarmed the policemen keeping watch outside the gate, and blocked the three entrances before opening fire.
'Narrating his ordeal to our reporter who visited the injured victims where they were hospitalized in Okene yesterday, one of the survivors who identified himself as Clement Okoro, said that he was lucky to have temporarily gone out of the church to ease himself, when he suddenly heard sporadic gunshots.
"When the gunshot subsided, a few of us ran to the church only to see the lifeless bodies of believers littering the ground with blood flowing like an abbatoir. I am only lucky that my wife and children were still in the shop when I left for the church, this is a most horrendous situation", he lamented.
'Another victim said they were in the church for the weekly Bible study when all of a sudden they heard shooting.
'He said all he could recall was that he found himself in the hospital with bullet wounds on the legs and arms.
'One of the pastors, who refused to disclose his name, said he and his wife escaped by divine intervention.
'He described the episode as "most wicked because when they shot the worshippers, they began to spray bullets underneath the benches in the church so that no-one could escape".
They weren't just firing at random. They knew the people would try to hide under the pews, and so they got down low and fired at floor level. And that, like the blocking of the exits to prevent people from escaping the abbatoir that these Muslims made of a peaceful church, is another detail that the likes of Reuters, AFP, AP and the rest will not give us; a detail exposing the deliberate, calculated malevolence of Muslims gunning down unarmed Christians, men, women and children, inside a church. - CM
'He said he immediately took cover within the neighbourhood as the shooting lasted for more than 45 minutes.
'Meanwhile, Governor Idris Wada and the head of the security agencies have vowed to arrest the suspects.
Governor Idris Wada, to judge from his name, is a Muslim. I won't be holding my breath waiting for those arrests. - CM
'Wada, who was at the scene of the incident and hospitals where the survivors are currently receiving treatment in Okene yesterday, said that the state government and security will fish out the culprits and bring them to book.
'The governor pledged that the state government will pay all their [the injured - CM] medical bills.
'Wada also commiserated with the bereaved families and the church.
Crocodile tears? - CM
'At the palace of Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, an angry governor stated that first class traditional rulers have not done enough in the area of security in their various domains.
'He charged them to live up [to] their responsibility to arrest the situation. he told the monarch that he was not happy over what is happening in his domain, urgin ghim to use his experience to check the ugly security situation...
"In his remarks, the Ohinoyi said he was sad over the ugly situation in his domain, pledging that he will do everything possible to bring the situation under control.
'The medical director of one of the hospitals treating the injured (names withheld), told Gov Wada that no death was recorded there and that the victims are responding, assuring that those treated will survive (though as we learned in the update at the opening of this article, four of the injured succumbed - CM).
'The zonal Coordinator of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Omotosho told journalists that he received a distress call from one of the pastors of the church when they were under attack, adding that when he got there, it was a gory sight, as bodies of the worshippers littered everywhere in the church."
The same paper, Sun News, has a little more here:
'Death toll rises to 20. Pandemonium in Lokoja as Government imposes Curfew.
'Death toll in the Monday's attack on Deeper Life Bible Church in Kogi state rose to 20 yesterday. A dusk to dawn curfew was imposed by the state government yesterday while the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, ordered 24-hour surveillance on the entire state.
The Inspector General of Police is a Muslim. How hard is he going to try to catch fellow Muslims who have killed off some pesky Christians during Ramadan? Not very, I suspect. - CM
'The gunmen, believed to be Boko Haram, stormed the church's branch at Otite in Okene Local Government Area, killing 16 worshippers on Monday, even as there was a bomb scare in Lokoja, the state capital, and another attack on Okene mosque yesterday which claimed the lives of two soldiers and a militant (one must assume that those in this particular mosque were deemed Insufficiently Islamic; one may also deduce that security arrangements for the mosque were rather better organised than for the church - CM).
'But the spokesman of the Federal College of Education, Okene, Mr Peter Obasa, said Mrs C O Omeira, the Dean of Student Affairs, was severely injured. Obasa noted that a "middle level officer" with the school died in the shooting, adding that the school authorities were still in the process of finding out if any student was affected..."As a community around the school vicinity, we know that some students live there, but we are yet to get a report that any student fell victim", Obasa said.
'The Senator representing Okene, Nurudeen Abatemi-Usamn (Kogi Central) who is currently on Lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia, expressed shock that such a gruesome and barbaric act could take place in the month of Ramadan, when Muslims all over the world including Nigeria are in a period of special supplication to God...".
Suuuure. But Ramadan is the 'Month of Jihad'. And I wouldn't be surprised of Mr Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman, who is in Saudi Arabia, forsooth, knows that very well. Crocodile tears, crocodile tears.
And if one goes to this report, by another Nigerian paper, 'The Nation', one will find a very busy Comments section where Nigerian non-Muslims who have educated themselves about Islam are not mincing words.
The 'Nation' report contains a little more information: that the Deeper Life Bible Church is opposite the Federal College of Education (which appears to be a Christian institution, or else to have a significant Christian presence amongst its faculty and students, given that one of its faculty members was badly wounded in the church attack), and that two weeks ago an account officer with the FCE - was abducted form his home and murdered.
I will close with a sample of the Comments to the 'Nation' article. First, a self-identified Apostate from Islam, challenging one of the Muslim commenters -
"'You boko haram agent...you know that your prophet mohammed who bright islam into being was a [expletive deleted] bastard who thought [sic: taught] u idiots that violence is the sure way 2 propagate your useless religion. No wonder the likes of us that where [sic: were] formally [sic: formerly] muslims had to convert into christianity. We realized that we were in the dark. I really pity you bro."
And now, another commenter, a Christian, who has thoroughly done his homework: "These Muslims never stop trying to twist issues to confuse people; it is their stock in trade. They speak of peace as if we do not know the real meaning of peace. If they are so 'peaceful' why is are 99.999% of terrorists Muslims? Check this out [he then proceeds to quote Surahs 9.29, 8: 7, 8: 39, 8.60, 5: 72, - 'they are surely infidels who say 'God is the Christ, the Messiah, the son of Mary', 8:12, and 2: 191." For the uninformed, there is a principle in Islam called 'Tafq' [sic: I think he means taqiyya - CM] whereby the Muslim is allowed to lie, deceive and mislead in order to advance the cause of Islam. This is the principle behind the bucketful of lies - telling us Islam is a religion of peace; when the Koran itself is unequivocably [unequivocally? - CM] clear that Msulims have a mandate from Allah to exterminate non-Muslims. After each coordinated attack, their leaders are quick to say 'peace' - peace, indeed!...".