A group of rampaging Muslim youths, on Friday, July 15, 2016 attacked St. Philips Catholic Parish, Baki Iku, very close to Zuma Rock in Niger State.
According to eyewitnesses, some Catholics had gone to the church to pray and were attacked by the Muslims who claimed that Friday is their day of prayer and that the Church only has right to worship on Sundays.
Information gathered from eyewitnesses said, they were destroying the Church properties: the doors and the windows. Some soldiers managed to get there later but a lot of harms have been done to the building, while the Christians ran away in different directions to avoid being killed.
It should be recalled that Alhaji Kabiru Sokoto had on Christmas day four years ago (December 25 20111) detonated a bomb that killed over 200 Catholics and passersby at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, close to St. Philips that was destroyed.
Rev Father Luka Sylvester Gopep, the vicar-general of the Diocese confirmed the incident.
“Sometime around 2pm, some Muslim youths in their hundreds left their Mosque after their Friday Jumat prayer and rushed to the Church premises, climbed the wall and destroyed everything in the Church: the windows, the altar, musical instruments, the chapel,” Father Gopep said.
“The security man in the church premises was beaten to pulp. Some women who were holding a prayer meeting were chased away. The seminarian who is resident in the premises was also beaten up and chased away.”
Just last week, Mrs. Eunice Olawale Elisha, a Christian evangelist preacher of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) was hacked to death by fanatical Muslims in Kubwa in Abuja.