Sotitobire: Policeman, bike man killed as youths burn Akure church

A policeman and a commercial bike man have been confirmed dead in Akure when angry youths burnt down Sotitobire Miracle Church over the alleged death of a missing baby

The youths stormed the church after the corpse of a one- year- old boy declared missing in the church some weeks ago was reportedly exhumed.

Sotitobire: Policeman, bike man killed as youths burn Akure church

The policeman was killed by a mob at the scene of the incident while the motorcyclist was allegedly shot dead by a stray bullet.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ondo state command, Mr. Femi Joseph confirmed the development, The Nation reports.

But in an earlier statement released by the Police, the body of the missing baby boy was not exhumed from the church alter as against the rumor peddled earlier in the day, which triggered the youths in the community to burn down the church.

Read the statement below:

“The Ondo State Police Command wishes to inform the general public particularly the People of Ondo State that they should disregard the rumours making the rounds that the body of a recently declared missing boy in the state has been exhumed from Sotitobire church in Akure.

It is most unfortunate that this misleading information spearheaded by a popular TV station, has ignited a spontaneous reactions from the people leading to wanton destruction of properties and injuries to many.

The church building was also set ablaze by irate youths. Some of our officers dispatched to the scene to contain the situation were pelted with stones with many of them sustaining injuries.

Their patrol vehicle was also badly damaged. This rejoinder became necessary to disabuse the minds of many Nigerians who might have fallen for this wicked lies and propaganda.

The public should also not be hoodwinked by reports that the command has abandoned the investigation of the incident,as the case file is already on the way to the DPP for legal advice. Notwithstanding this latest incident, more reinforcement has been sent to the scene to contain the situation.” the statement read

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