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Church in Nigeria Burned Down by Radicals

ICC Note:

Christians of the Living Faith Church in Nigeria have accused members of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria of burning down their church on Monday night. Disputes over the church have been going back and forth for two months. This is just another church out of the thousands of others that have been destroyed in Nigeria this year.   

12/13/2012 Nigeria (ChannelSTV) - Members of the Living Faith Church (a branch of Winners Chapel) along Airport road in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital woke up Monday morning to find their new church razed down by unknown people.

The new church building which was constructed about two months ago has been an issue of litigation between the church and members of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria in the city.

While briefing the press on the issue, the state secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Cornelius Fawenu alleged that the former Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin had thrice threatened to deal with the worshippers, claiming that the land belonged to Muslims.

The clergy further alleged that Professor Oloyede had also threatened to dislodge them by all means if possible.

Reverend Fawenu also added that several efforts have been made to avert trouble as the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, the state governor and the state Commissioner of Police were contacted to avert trouble.

Reacting, Professor Isiaq Oloyede fuming with anger denied ever being involved in the fracas and he threatened to sue the leadership of Christians in the state for damaging his name.

As the secretary of Nigerian Inter Religious Committee, Professor Oloyede said he will never be involved in what could lead to crisis in whatever form and urged Christians in the state to avoid dragging his name into mud.

A visit to the church reveals the total destruction of musical instrument and chairs in the church as remnants of burnt equipments litter the surrounding.

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