El-Rufai blats youths for burning of church, police station in Kaduna

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state says it is illegal for anyone or group to take the law into their hands, in a statement released on Thursday by his spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan.

El-Rufai, while condemning the burning of a church and police station, ordered an investigation into the circumstances of death of the labourer, whose demise allegedly prompted the riotous conduct, as well as the apprehension of all those who partook in or enabled the acts of arson.

About 200 youths had on Wednesday and Thursday in Narayi, Chikun local government area, caused confusion, when they burnt down a Celestial Church and the Narayi Police Post while protesting the death of the laborer.

It was gathered that the Police had taken the pastor named Babatunde Shittu into protective custody, after he a youth doing some construction work for the church had died in the process. The governor commiserated with the family of the deceased, but added that everyone who had concerns about the circumstances of his death would allow the law enforcement agencies to handle the matter.

However, the  rampaging youths burnt down the Church and the Police station when they demanded that the Police in Narayi hand over to them the pastor in charge of the church where the young man died.

El-Rufai said that his government will not tolerate attacks on places of worship and public property such as the police post.

“In a state that has endured four decades of violent conflict, there can be no condoning an attack on the offices of security agencies or a place of worship, an act that has often invited needless reprisals and escalation.

“The government is determined to ensure vigorous prosecution of anyone indicted by the police investigation into the matter”, the statement added.

 

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