On Monday morning, the Cross Over service of some churches around Taiwo Isale area of Ilorin turned to violent scene as worshippers were attacked with dangerous weapons and some female raped.
In an unprovoked attack the hoodlums believed to be Muslim youths and numbering 50 stormed St Joseph Catholic Cathedral, Methodist Cathedral, CAC and UMCA Hausa Churches where some Christians had gathered for service to usher in the New Year.
But in the middle of the church service, the hoodlums invaded the church destroying worshippers’ cars, the church properties and raping some of the girls.
Okadanmi wrote: “At about 02:00am of Monday, some youths that were prevented from carrying out what was termed New year carnival by the community leaders of the area for fear of the process turning into a security threat, owing to previous years experiences.
“In protest to the denial, the youths resorted into throwing bangers indiscriminately at all gatherings in the vicinity including religious gatherings celebrating the new year cross -over services, three (3) persons were injured in the resulting stampede, both the Catholic, Methodist and other churches in the area,including a Muslim group called Quareeb team, holding their programme in an adjoining school were attacked, some vehicles belonging to both worshippers were damaged.
“It is important to note, that the attack has no religious undertone. It is simple an unlawful act by the disgruntled youths of the area, as both the Christian and Muslim gatherings in the area were attacked.
“Ten (10) suspects have been arrested, the injured already taken to the hospital and are responding to treatment. Investigation into the matter has commenced.”