According to SAHARA REPORTERS, Christians residing in the Wara-Oja community of Kwara State have lamented over renewed attempts by some Muslims residents in the area to murder them.
Ms Adebimpe John Omolola who led the Christian community made allegations that they had been attacked by the Muslims before.
SAHARA REPORTERS obtained a copy of a petition to the Police in which Ms Omolola said that having moved into the community since 2009, she had been experiencing relative peace until last year when some residents had frowned at the fact that she was organising a church service in her house.
According to Ms Omolola, “I was the first to acquire some plots of land from the community. I also made my intention known that I was a Christian and would build a church in future while the Mogaji and the late Baba Rasaki agreed.
“Last year, we started a house fellowship with the Christians around. But suddenly, we noticed some of our community members including the Mogaji’s son, Wasiu, trying to disrupt the fellowship.”
Ms Omolola further said that other resident Muslims in the area, especially the Mogaji had taken Wasiu’s side.
“He said they held a meeting to change it to an Islamic village and agreed on no church; then I asked him how possible is it for you to make laws after selling lands to Christians then he said it’s the community not him,” she narrated.
According to Ms Omolola, there have been a previous attempt to burn her house down by the Muslims in the community.
“They made the second attempt on the 6th of October around 11:13 pm. They wetted the whole house with petrol with the intention of putting fire when we raised the alarm. There are continuous threats,” she stated.
She further revealed that the recent threat to her life and that of other Christians in Wara-Oja, was made on Sunday as they prepared for a fellowship.
“On the 7th of July around 5:10 pm, Pastor Ojo was coming in to fellowship the Muslims in person of Olayinka Abdulmumeen Imam-Fulani, Dayo Onasanya, Baba Idera, Abu Lawa, Alfa Cement, their wives and some said communities attacked him with sticks and stones wanting to break his windscreen shouting he shouldn’t come into our house for fellowship.
“We got outside to see what’s happening all their wives turned over to me tore my clothes and beat me, while another member Pastor Joshua was coming they slapped him and went to get sticks to beat him.
“To the extent they wanted to break bottles on Mr Adetoyese Onireti if not that people intervened,” she explained.
As she spoke of efforts she had made to involve the police, Omolola said, “We were arranged a meeting with the DPO on the 8th of July 2019 by 8 am.
“The DPO was trying to tell them they had no right to stop us from holding a fellowship in our house they shouted at him and he transferred us to the police headquarters.
“We met the Assistant Commissioner of Police at the state headquarters he tried resolving it but he couldn’t. He said we should give him 10 days to file a comprehensive report and send it to the commissioner of police since they don’t want peace.
“They are claiming they don’t want us to gather together at all that every Christian should remain in their respective house.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in Kwara State, Okasanmi Ajayi, had however, said that he was not aware of the matter when he was contacted.
“I don’t know about this. I am not aware of this case. You can refer them to me so I can find out more about this issue and get back to you,” Mr Ajayi told SaharaReporters.
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