Several Injured As Masqueraders Attack Ekiti Mosque
The masqueraders were celebrating their Egungun festival with a lot of glamour and dancing.
The drummers were all over the place dishing out high pitch sounds to the excitement of the colourful masquerades.
Everything was going according to plan until the Central Mosque close-by called for prayers.
The masqueraders were irked that the Muslims called for prayers when they were still celebrating their festival.
Violence broke out as masqueraders attacked the Muslims in the Central Mosque for allegedly disturbing their celebration.
The incident took place at sunset around 7pm in Ikun Ekiti, in the Moba Local Government Area, on Tuesday when the Muslims had gathered in the mosque to observe the Maghrib prayer after breaking their fast.
The masqueraders reportedly attacked the worshipers and inflicted injuries on many of them.
The hoodlums were said to have vandalised two cars parked at the entrance of the mosque.
The Acting Imam of the mosque, Alhaji Abdul-Rasak Abubakar-Bello, was rushed to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, where he received stitches on his head.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Bello said the Muslims were held hostage in the mosque for four hours by the masqueraders.
Bello accused the Divisional Police Office in the area of snubbing the distress calls made to him by the Muslim community as he refused to send his men there.
The Muslim community accused the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Olatunde Olusola, of supervising the attack.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ekiti State Police Command, Alberto Adeyemi, insists the clash between the masqueraders and the Muslims has been brought under control and normalcy had been restored to area.