How churches were attacked in Ilorin on New Year day – CAN

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The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kwara State Chapter, has condemned the attacks on some of their worshippers and places of worship in the early hours of January 1, 2018 during the crossover night services.

They were attacked at the Christ Apostolic Church, CAC, Oke-Isegun, the Methodist Cathedral and the St. Joseph Catholic Cathedral, all located within the Ibrahim Taiwo Road in Ilorin, the state capital.

The association’s condemnation in a statement signed by T.O. Opoola, the State CAN chairman, was made available to journalists on Wednesday in Ilorin.

The association appealed to the Kwara State Government to prevent further attacks on churches and Christian worshippers in Kwara State, particularly in the Ilorin metropolis.

The association said that the incident happened at about 2 a.m. on January 1, 2018 when some miscreants attacked the CAC, Oke-Isegun, located at the Taiwo Isale Area of the metropolis.

“In fact most of the Christian worshippers returning back home were allegedly raped, while some of them were rescued.

“Also, some of the girls who had fallen victims ran to the Methodist Cathedral for safety.’’

The statement said that the fanatics destroyed the gate of the Methodist Cathedral and forcefully entered the premises, destroyed some church buildings and vehicles.

The association said that at this point, the CAN chairman had to phone the state Commissioner of Police that the CAC and Methodist Church were under attack.

The association also said that the miscreants moved from the CAC to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral premises, where they destroyed buildings, religious articles and vehicles.

The association listed some of the articles destroyed inside the Catholic Church to include two statues, and a Bajaj motorcycle that they pushed out of the compound before setting it ablaze.

The association also alleged that the miscreants dispossessed some of the worshippers of their phones, bags and other valuables.

Also, a bishop, Ayo-Maria Atoyebi of the Catholic Diocese of Ilorin, corroborated the development in another press statement he personally signed.

Mr. Atoyebi said, “At about 2.15 a.m., we perceived an attack on the Methodist Cathedral Church, that is opposite St. Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral.

“This lasted for about 30minutes with stones thrown to break and damage other buildings at the Methodist Church.

The Bishop also said that Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed had been informed of these developments, while the security agencies have also been alerted.

NAN reports that the governor on Monday issued a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, AbdulWahab Oba, condemning the attacks. He directed the relevant security agencies to investigate the matter.

(NAN)


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  • Bassey Frank

    When President Buhari scores himself high on ‘Security’, it is because he has not lost any of his relatives. The rate of killing under his regime is worrisome.

    • Dr Norm

      Bur he is “killer-in-chief” via operation python dance and the massacres of peaceful demonstrators at Onitsha, as well as the kidnapping from hospitals and murder of wounded protesters in the same city..

  • Bassey Frank

    “The statement said that the fanatics destroyed the gate of the Methodist
    Cathedral and forcefully entered the premises, destroyed some church
    buildings and vehicles”
    WHO ARE THE “FNATICS”? Can you imagine Muslims slaughtered that way while returning from a mosque? Nigeria will be on fire till now because killing is part of their doctrine. Appealing to Kwara state government to prevent similar attacks in the future is nonsense. They will kill again as and when they like. Solution: Kill back.

  • tinubuthief

    ilorin, an Islam fanatical town. I was born in ilorin and had all my education from primary school to University. Throughout my stay in GSS ilorin, to be a principal you must be a Muslim. Even to be VC of Unilorin you must be a Muslim. At the state level, it is an impossibility for a Christian to be a governor.. And yet a very backward state habited by 50 percent Christians.

    • endipin

      The Ilorin Imams and Clerics leave their local areas to consume alcohol on Taiwo Road, Sabo-Oke, GSS Area, Gaa Akanbi, Tanke, Sawmill etc yet condemn alcohol consumption
      .

  • somebody

    This is a practical experience for me of how media conducts it’s business. Quareeb members were also attacked in this same taiwo on the same night and no mention is made of it. Is premium times trying to now portray that muslims carried out the attack for religious purpose by hiding the part that a muslim gathering was also attacked that night in that same area? Shame on Premium Times.

    • Remi

      Mr Somebody

      First off, the media reportage was based on statements
      issued by CAN and the St. Joseph Catholic Church . Quareeb never issued any statement
      concerning any attack on her Mosque or members. Quareeb only started to allege attack
      on it’s members, purely as an unconvincing defensive ploy, when the (accusing) fingers started to point strongly
      in their direction. And, if one may ask, where was the Quareeb Mosque (or
      gathering) – presumably, in the vicinity of the attacked Churches- that was
      also attacked by the “fanatics”?

      Secondly, CAN or the Catholic Church never alleged that Moslems or Quareeb members were the perpetrators of the dastardly
      attacks.

      Thirdly, except you are in the know of those behind the
      attack, there is absolutely no reason for you to allege biased reporting against
      Muslims. Therefore, could your comment be
      a case of the guilty being afraid? Or the obvious & common reaction of a
      guilty conscience?