The gangs known locally as bandits have terrorised northwest and central Nigeria for years, but attacks have become more violent in recent months.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
The Nation gathered that the assailants stormed Eti-Ero farmstead in the town around 1:30am, shot sporadically and ransacked the entire households.
Also set on fire was the country home of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Joe Igbokwe who is based in Lagos.
The two were kidnapped on Friday, Commissioner of Police in the state, Monday Kuryas, said in Minna on Saturday.
The abductors, said to be three in number, arrived at the church around 11am on Sunday in a Lexus vehicle.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Monday Kuryas, confirmed the incident in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Wednesday.
A family source informed our correspondent that the abductors have contacted the family and the management of Kogi State University
The state command’s police public relations officer, SP Odiko Macdon, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Eket.
One other worshipper at the church was reportedly killed during the attack along Okedayo in Kabba, Kogi State
The incident, it was gathered, happened around 9 am on the Ukaegbu /Ezeiweka road in Onitsha.
Citing security sources, the agency said the attackers stole weapons and also set houses on fire.
The Nigerian Television Authority broke the news via its verified Facebook page.
The spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Mr. Francis Enobore, confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday, stating that the attack took place at about midnight on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the victims were travelling to Lagos from Ifira-Akoko in Akoko South-East Local Government Area of the state when they were kidnapped by gunmen.
The victim, Dr. Mahmud Aliyu, was kidnapped by heavily armed gunmen on Sunday at his palace at about 10pm.
The travellers were kidnapped along the Idoani-Ifira road in Akoko axis of the state on Wednesday evening.
They were kidnapped Monday night when the gunmen raided Bakori Housing Units.
The PUNCH gathered that the three victims were on their way to the farm when they were shot dead by the gunmen on Monday morning.
Major Bashir Muhd Jajira, Academy Public Relations Officer, said in a statement that unknown gunmen breached the security architecture of the Academy and gained access into the residential area within the Academy in Afaka.