Arsonists set Baptist Church ablaze, pastor’s daughter killed




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Barely one week after an attack on a branch Living Faith popularly called Winners Chapel in Giwa, headquarters Giwa Local Government Area by two unidentified arsonists, the Baptist at Gidan Maso village in Rogo Local Government Area Kano State has been set ablaze and the residence the pastor, Rev Habila Garba, burnt by irate youths.

During the incident which happened on April 1 at about 7:30 pm, one the pastor’s daughters died suffocation and most parts the house destroyed as a result of the fire.

The of “Tarayyar Masihiyawan Nijeria” (Hausa, and Kanuri Christians), Ishaku Ahmed Dikko (retd), told journalists on Tuesday in Abuja that the intention was to kill one young man, Yahaya Joshua, who converted to Islam but later on went back to Christianity.

Full statement of Dikko entitled: “Another torched Again”…
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The Baptist Church at GIDAN MASO village of Rogo LGA in Kano State was set on fire by youths of the Village on 01 April, 2015 at about 7:30 pm. The Church and all the properties were burnt down in the presence of the Community despite all pleadings for them to stop the destruction. The arsonists gathered cornstalks and put inside the Church in order to cause greater damage. This made the action to seem deliberate and for ulterior motives.

The Christians present exhibited great qualities by taking the into their hands by trying to stop them by force. Rather than the arsonist to see reason, they were infuriated which led to setting the house of the Pastor, Rev Habila Garba, ablaze as well. As a result of the fire, one of the Pastor’s daughters died of suffocation and most of the house destroyed.

They also attacked and wounded Bawa Adamu and Aminu Dauda, who received machet cuts leading to broken arms. Others received similar wounds but of lesser degrees.

The cause of the barbaric act was to kill one youth, Yahaya Joshua, who converted to Islam but later on reverted back to Christianity. The youth had escaped on learning of the to kill him. They therefore set the Church and Pastor’s house on fire and went about maiming and wounding any they saw. The incidence was immediately reported to the Police and the District Head at Rogo. At the of filing this report on 3rd April, 2015, no information was received about the action taken or if any arrests were made. However, all the wounded know and can identify their by name since they all belong to the same village.

​The Tarayyar Masihiyawan Nigeriya is calling on the authorities to take the necessary steps to stem or stop all these harassments and molestations of innocent Christians for whatever reasons. We have the right to belong to any religion of our choice and live anywhere in this country. We call on the authorities at all levels to rise up to their responsibilities to protect lives and properties of every citizen in this country.