Muslim youths attack another Catholic Church, say ‘Friday belongs to us’
A GROUP of Muslim youths, Friday, July 15, attacked St. Philips Catholic Parish, Baki Iku, very close to Zuma Rock in Niger State.
According to eyewitnesses, some Catholics had gone to the church to pray and were attacked by the Muslims who claimed that Friday is their day of prayer and that the Church only has right to worship on Sundays. Information gathered from eyewitnesses said, they were destroying the church property: the doors and the windows. Some soldiers managed to get there later but a lot of harm had been done to the building, while the Christians ran away in different directions to avoid being killed. Rev Fr. Luka Sylvester Gopep, the Vicar-General of the Diocese confirmed the incident. He said, “Sometime around 2:00pm, some Muslim youths in their hundreds left their Mosque after their Juma’at prayer and rushed to the church premises, climbed the wall and destroyed everything in the church, the windows, the alter, 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.” It would be recalled that Alhaji Kabiru Sokoto had on Christmas day four years ago (December 25, 2011) detonated a bomb that killed over 200 Catholics and passersby at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, close to St. Philips. Also, just last week, Mrs. Eunice Olawale Elisha, a mobile preacher of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, was killed by some fanatical Muslims in Kubwa, FCT.