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Photos: Quareeb Muslim Society allegedly attacked churches, raped girls during crossover Night service in Ilorin
An Ilorin-based pastor, Ibitoye Reuben Idowu, has alleged that some Muslims attacked some churches in the capital city of Kwara state during the Cross over service today, raped some of the girls that attended the service and destroyed some of the church vehicles.
Muslims attacked churches in Ilorin – Pastor Ibitoye Reuben Idowu Shared photos from the attack on his Facebook, Ibitoye wrote:
”Muslims attacked our churches during cross over this morning, many are injured, church auditoriums, and cars were destroyed, while many innocent girls were raped. The churches include : St Joseph Catholic Cathedral, Methodist Cathedral, CAC, and UMCA Hausa Churches”
The cause of the attack is yet unknown.
There was panic in Ibrahim Taiwo, Ilorin, Kwara State capital after some youths attacked Christian and Muslim worshippers on New Year’s eve.
They were said to be performing their annual carnival.
Three persons were allegedly injuried; vehicles and domestic items, worth millions, were destroyed.
It was gathered that youths defied leaders of the area, who told them not to parade on New Year’s eve.
Christian worshippers were attacked at many churches, including Methodist.
Muslims, under the aegis of Quareeb Muslim Society, were attacked on school premises, where they gathered for prayers.
State Police Command yesterday said it arrested 10 persons after the attack.
The command’s spokesman Ajayi Okasanmi described the incident as unfortunate.
Okasanmi confirmed that three people were injured and receiving treatment at a private hospital in Ilorin.
“It is important to note, that the attack has no religious undertone. It is simply an unlawful act by disgruntled youths of the area, as both Christians and Muslims were attacked,” he said.
He said the command had commenced investigation, adding that anybody found culpable will be sanctioned.
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed condemned the youth, describing their action as criminal and ordered the police to launch a manhunt to nab the perpetrators.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahaab Oba, described the attack as criminal, satanic and alien to the state.
Ahmed said: “Peace is sine qua non for the development of any society and the government will not tolerate any act capable of breaching peace, unity and tranquility of the state”.
The governor called on the people to be tolerant and live in harmony for sustenance of growth and economic development.
He called on parents and guardians to curtail the excesses of thei wards and children.
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