One Killed, Five Injured As Borno Govt Demolishes Church
One person has been killed and five others injured during a church demolition exercise by the Borno Geographic Information Service in Moduganari area of the capital city.
An eyewitness said the officials showed up on Thursday morning at about 10 am in a heavy-duty vehicle with instructions to demolish a local church EYN Moduganari. The move was resisted by members of the church.
Some members – mostly residents of the community – also tried to film with their phones which were promptly seized by the CJTF personnel before opening fire.
The police intervened to control the CJTF members and debrief the team.
The body of the casualty has been taken to the state specialist hospital while those injured are currently being treated.
Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno State Mohammed Naga is at the hospital with the injured. He, however, declined commenting on the incident saying he will brief the press when he has details of the matter.
Zulum Demands Investigation
Governor Babagana Zulum has also ordered the Borno police command to immediately probe the incident.
He condemned in strong terms, the firing of gunshots by a member of the security task force as well as some persons who hurled stones at the task force during the encounter.
Zulum equally commiserated with families of the person who died and those injured.
Governor Zulum who spoke with Bishop Mohammed Naga also condoled the Christian community, leadership and family of the EYN church in Borno over the sad event.
He also directed his deputy Umar Kadafur to visit the hospital – where the injured persons are receiving treatment – to empathize with them, and also take over the cost of their treatment.