Sunday, July 24, 2016

We attacked church because members were disturbing us with music during Juma’at prayer — Suspect

An 18-year old suspect, Abba Usman, who allegedly participated in the recent attack by some Muslim youths on St. Philips Catholic Church, Suleja, Niger State, has ruled out religious extremism for his gang’s action, Tribune reports.

Rather, Usman stated that some female members of the church should be blamed for playing musical instruments so loud, dancing and making noise while a Juma’at prayer was going on at the mosque opposite the church on Friday, July 15.

He stated this last Thursday when he was paraded by Niger State Police Command in Minna. His words: “We went to the church to teach them a bitter lesson so that they will never disturb the peace of the mosque again, especially on a Friday when we are having a prayer. .

They have the whole of Sunday to themselves and we have never disturbed them from doing their own programmes. We all entered the church and vandalised some of their property, while we took some of their musical instruments and other valuables. .

I went for two of the microphones with the aim of selling them, but I was not lucky as I was caught with them." He added that female members of the church fled in different directions on sighting them, while the security guard who refused to leave his duty post was severely beaten

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