Kogi Govt Appointee Detains Pastor, Orders Church Demolition
An appointee of the Kogi State government, Shaibu Oricha has allegedly unleashed terror on worshipers of Mount of Olive Assembly International, a church located beside Aniebo Quarters in Lokoja.
Trouble started few days after thugs and security agents reportedly stormed the church premises destroying the building that was under construction.
It was reported that a member of the church who tried to record the act with his mobile phone was beaten to coma and rushed to a clinic in town by the assailants.
While the destruction of the church building was going on, the presiding clergy, Pastor Fred David was being detained at the National Security and Civil Defence Corps command office in Lokoja.
He was said to have been detained for two days on the orders of Oricha.
According to reports by popular social critic, Martins Akor, Pastor Fred has been receiving threat messages in recent weeks.
The church building shares same fence with Oricha’s private residence inside Aniebo Quarters located along Ganaja road.
Oricha has reportedly complained that the church disturbs him with their services.
BOUNCE NEWS however gathered that, the church member have been worshiping on the same premises before Mr. Oricha built his house on the plot beside the church.
However, a source close to Oricha alleged that the government official decided to take laws into his hands after his repeated calls on Town Planning authorities to check the church’s building failed to yield expected result.
The source added that Oricha’s house was attacked by unknown men last week and they discovered they came into his compound through a ladder that was strategically mounted inside the church premises.
According to the source who craved anonymity, Oricha was sleeping in the guest room when the assailants came into his house but did not see him till they left.
He noted that days after the incident, the pastor never thought it wise to visit or call Oricha to sympathise with the neighbour that was attacked.
Oricha did not take the threat to his life lightly and so involved the security agents.
Police have however arrested the assailants and have asked them to produce their sponsors.
Meanwhile, the director general, media and publicity to the Kogi state government, Kingsley Fanwo urged the two parties to maintain peace as investigations into the cause of the disagreement is ongoing.
Fanwo said that Kogi state government will continue to protect all citizens regardless of status, political or religious affiliation.
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