A group of Muslim youths, yesterday attacked St. Philip’s 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 destroy the Church properties: doors and the windows. Some soldiers managed to get there but a lot of damage had been done to the building, while the Christians ran away in different directions to avoid being killed.
It should be recalled that Alhaji Kabiru Sokoto had on Christmas day four years ago, detonated bomb that killed several Catholics and passersby at St Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, close to St. Philips that was destroyed. Rev Fr. Luka Sylvester Gopep, the Vicar-General of the Diocese confirmed the incident.
According to him, “around 2pm, 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 alter, musical instruments, the chapel. The security man in the church premises was beaten to a 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,” he stated.
Just last week, Mrs Eunice Eze, a mobile preacher of the Redeemed Christian Church of God was killed by some fanatical Muslims in Kubwa, FCT.