Borno: Christians furious over EYN Church demolition, members’ killing, demand sanctions

By AdvocateNews on 06/08/2021

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum
Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum

The demolition of EYN Church and the killing of two worshippers has created tension in Borno.

The Christian community is infuriated, with many adding religious and ethnic colourations.

The branch of the EYN (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa) is located at the Maduganari area of Maiduguri, the Borno capital.

Bayo Oladeji, media adviser to Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President, Samson Ayokunle said a press statement will be issued.

“I just heard. It is very unfortunate. We will speak with EYN Church, members and other witness before we put out our official position”, he said Thursday evening.

Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum has already ordered the Police Command to investigate the demolition and shooting.

Trouble started when the church members attempted to stop the Borno Geographical Information System (BOGIS) from pulling the building down.

The BOGIS team, led by Engr. Adam Bababe, insisted that the church defaulted land administration and urban development laws.

As nerves charged, security operatives attached to the agency opened fire to push pack the protesters.

A source told DAILY POST that though some shots were fired into the air, “at least one of the officers reportedly got reckless and aimed at the crowd”.

Two persons were killed and five others in injured. Some are in a critical condition.

The worshippers stressed that there was no warning prior to the action.

“We woke up this morning and saw Engr. Bababe and his men coming to destroy our church. Some members approached them”, a resident Audu said.

“Security operatives attached to the agency open fire and killed two people whose corpses are currently at the State Specialists Hospital.”

Jacob Ayuba, another resident and EYN member, stated: “We have never seen the government of Borno going to demolish a mosque no matter where the mosque was sited unless they want to build bigger one.

“Our church documents are intact. Churches will never buy land by cutting corners but because they did not want a church on that area they have come to demolish it.”

Another described what happened as a “witch hunt”.

“There are mosques were they should go. This government did not go there to demolish but are demolishing churches which have papers.

“This is wickedness. Our people are currently mobilising to march to the government house to protect the killing and demolition of our church by Bababe and his team.”

The EYN Church and Christians in Borno are asking Zulum to ensured that BOGIS officials and culpable security agencies are arrested and prosecuted for the deaths. 

Posted 06/08/2021 05:38:37 AM

 

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