Hoodlums Attack Worshippers In Osun During Church Service

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Femi Makinde, Osogbo
Worshipers at the Divine
Victory Evangelical Church of
God Gospel Ministry last
Sunday escaped death by a
whisker as hoodlums armed
with guns and other dangerous
weapons invaded the church,
beat them up and injured
some.
Our correspondent gathered
that one of the youths at Isale
Agbara in Ita Olokan area of
Osogbo where the church is
located was seen defecating
very close to the church and
was challenged by some of the
worshippers.
The youth was said to have
left the place in anger and
went and mobilised some
hoodlums who were armed
with guns, cutlasses and other
weapons. The hoodlums, on
getting to the church,
unleashed terror on the
worshipers during service. The
incident happened on Sunday
January 31st, 2016.
Some of the youths in the
church were said to have
engaged the hoodlums in a
fight but they were
overpowered and some of
them were reportedly injured
by the hoodlums.
A resident of the area, who
identified himself simply as
Taye, told our correspondent
in Osogbo on Saturday that
the service was disrupted as
most of the worshipers fled the
scene of the incident after
about 10 of them had been
injured by the rampaging
hoodlums.
He said, “I heard that one of
the area boys went to defecate
close to the church and he was
chased away by the church
members.
The boy was said to have gone
and brought some of his
colleagues to come and attack
the church.
” Some of the church members
were injured by the area boys
but the arrival of the officials
of the National Security and
Civil Defence Corps prevented
the hoodlums from destroying
the church completely and
even killing some of the
worshippers.”
The Head, Public Relations and
Protocol Unit of the NSCDC in
Osun State, Mr. Wale Folarin,
confirmed the incident while
speaking on the telephone
with our correspondent.
He said seven of the attackers
were arrested and weapons
including a locally made gun
were recovered from them.
Folarin said, “The timely
intervention of officers and
men of the Civil Defence
prevented the fracas from
escalating.
“Hoodlums and other trouble
makers are warned not to
jeopardise the peace being
enjoyed in the state. Anybody
caught will be severely dealt
with and those on the run will
soon be arrested.”

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