I died, five injured as youths protest over demolition of EYN Church Building In Borno State
More than 50 pastors and thousands of youths from different churches, on Friday morning, storm demolished EYN Church, a.k.a Church of Brethern Maduganari ward of Maiduguri metropolis.
All the aggrieved parties called on Borno State government and Governor Babagana Zulum to immediately reconstruct the destroyed Church building.
AMB recall that the church was demolished on Thursday, with gunshots fired by a member of the Civilian joint Task Force, CJTF, leading to the death of one Mr Ezekiel, as other sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the state specialist hospital in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
According to an eyewitness, Ezekiel was shot in the chest by men of the civilian joint task force who accompanied and provided protection for the BOGIS operatives while demolishing the EYN, also known as Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.
The Reverend Pastor in charge of EYN Maduganari, Reverend Shawulu Auta Ndahi, condemned the killing of one of his church members who attempted to protect the Church from demolition.
He stressed that there was nothing on earth that can compensate for a life lost. He requested the state government to assist the families of the deceased and those who sustained gunshot wounds.
Read his statement below
As a Church which believes in peace and unity, we have some immediate demands from Governor Zulum to immediately reconstruct our demolished Church and other facilities including our pure water factory.
“We call on the state government to immediately remove Engineer Adam Bababe from heading BOGIS which is an agency of government tasked with the responsibility of land maintenance.“The Church also wants the government to lift the ban on the teaching of Christian Religious Knowledge, CRK, in all our primary and secondary schools as it has been the practice in the past, as the constitution allows for freedom of worship in the country.
Also in his own address, the Youth CAN Chairman, Mr. Sunday Ishaku, while making his condemnation on behalf of Christian Youth Groups, prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and quick recovery for those who sustained injuries during the fracas.