The Borno Geographic Information Service has demolished a church in Moduganari area of Borno State on Thursday the 5th oof August 2021. According to reports, one person has been killed and five others injured. This happened as the members of the community and the church opposed the purported demolition of the church.
According to eyewitness, the officials showed up on Thursday morning at about 10 am with heavy-duty vehicle with instructions to demolish a local church (EYN) Moduganari. The move was resisted by members of the church.
While this was going on, some members, mostly residents of the community tried to film with their phones which were promptly seized by the CJTF personnel before opening fire on them which led to the killing of one person and injuring 5 others.
It was learnt that the police intervened to control the CJTF members and debrief the team. Meanwhile the body of the casualty has been taken to the state specialist hospital while those injured are currently being treated.
Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno State Mohammed Naga is at the hospital with the injured. He, however, declined to comment on the incident saying that he will brief the press when he has details of the matter as whatever happened was sketchy.
Zulum Demands Investigation
In that same light, the Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has also ordered the Borno police command to immediately probe the incident while he condemned in strong terms, the firing of gunshots by a member of the security task force as well as some persons who hurled stones at the task force during the encounter. He equally commiserated with families of the person who died and those injured.
Governor Zulum who spoke with Bishop Mohammed Naga also commiserated with the Christian community, leadership and family of the EYN church in Borno over the sad event while directing his deputy Umar Kadafur to visit the hospital – where the injured persons are receiving treatment – to empathize with them, and also take over the cost of their treatment. In that same light he has called for a meeting with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) over the matter.
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