Some unidentified Muslim youths on Friday attacked St. Philip’s Catholic Parish, Baki Iku, close to Zuma Rock, Niger State.
While the motive of the attack was not immediately clear, eyewitnesses say some Catholics had gone to the church to pray when they were attacked by the Muslims, who claimed that Friday was their day of prayer and that the church only had right to worship on Sundays.
In their anger, the youths reportedly went haywire, destroying the church’s property, including doors and the windows.
Some soldiers managed to arrive at the scene but not before the irate youths had done damage to the building as worshippers ran helter-skelter to avoid being killed.
The Vicar-General of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Luka Sylvester Gopep, confirmed the ugly incident, which came about a week after a female preacher was attacked and killed by some persons in Kubwa, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja while conducting street preaching in the morning.
Narrating the incident at Baki Iku, Gopep said: “Sometime around 2pm, some Muslim youths in their hundreds left their mosque after their Friday Jumat prayer and rushed to the church premises, climbed the wall and destroyed everything in the church: the windows, the altar, musical instruments, the chapel.
“The security man in the church premises was beaten to pulp. “Some women who were holding a prayer meeting were chased away.
“The seminarian who is resident in the premises was also beaten up and chased away”.
When contacted, the Niger State Police Command spokesman, Bala Elkana, confirmed the story, adding, however, that no life was lost.
Elkana, a deputy superintendent of police, said the prompt response of the police stopped the situation from getting out of hand.
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Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
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In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
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Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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