Tension in Ekiti as masquerades sack church, injure worshipper

By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti 

There is palpable tension in Ado-Ekiti after some masqueraders attacked attacked St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Oke Ila, leaving a worshipper critically injured in the process. Eye witnesses told BLACKFACE in Ado-Ekiti the state capital that the masqueraders stormed the church on Friday night  during a prayer vigil and in the process smashed the head of a worshipper with broken bottle leaving the victim in a pool of his blood. 

When contacted, the vicar in charge of the church, the Venerable Zacchaeus Olu Ibitoye, described the attack as “barbaric and sacrilegious” saying God’s sanctuary must be hallowed and respected. 

Ven. Ibitoye disclosed that the case has been reported to the police after which the culprit was arrested while the victim was rushed to an undisclosed hospital after losing much blood. 

He added that palace chiefs visited the church on a fact-finding mission. 

The vicar disclosed that the incident was also reported to the Bishop of Diocese of Ekiti, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Right Reverend Christopher Omotunde. 

It was believed that the alleged excesses of the masqueraders precipitated the action of the Ewi, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, who announced a ban on their activities on Saturday and called on the police to arrest any masquerader sighted anywhere in his kingdom. 

The state government also followed up with a public service announcement on Monday outlawing activities of masqueraders and celebration masquerade festival in the state capital. 

Ven. Ibitoye said: “This is sacrilegious and barbaric. We want the indigenes of Ado Ekiti to know that the town is home for everybody and not for the natives alone. We have reported the issue to the police and I think the boy who committed the offence has been arrested. 

“We have also reported the case to the Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, the Right Reverend Christopher Omotunde, the Ewi –in-Council and the Odogun of Ado Ekiti in particular , who they said was in charge of the masquerades and they all condemned the action.

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