The Kano State Police Command has arrested 15 persons in connection with the recent burning of Baptist Church at Gidan Maso Village in Rogo Local Government Area of the state.
The church was set ablaze on April 1 at about 7:30 pm while the residence of the Pastor, Rev Habila Garba, was burnt by irate youths and one of his daughters died of suffocation.
The arrest was made known, on Sunday, by the President of Tarayyar Masihiyawan Nijeria ( i.e Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Christians), General Ishaku Ahmed Dikko (retd), while giving a situation report of the incident in Abuja.
“In response to the cry of Tarayyar Masihiyawan Nijeria (Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri Christians Association) on the above incident and the publicity given to it by the Press, we received attention from the Nigerian Police, Emir of Kano and Kano State Government.
“The Nigerian Police went and inspected the damage and on April 5 they arrested 6 youths. Later on, they went back to arrest 9 more who are all at the Kano State Police Command C.I.D. The action of the Police pacified and encouraged the Christian Community. One of our own, Barrister Inusa Bako, is representing our interest and monitoring the prosecution which is now in the hands of the Kano State Commissioner of Police,” he said.
Dikko, who said that four of the youths that perpetrated the act were yet to be arrested, thanked the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Mohammed II for his intervention in the matter.
“However, there are still 4 of the youths that are roaming about boasting and threatening the Christians because they have not been arrested. Efforts should be made to arrest them,” he said
According to the president of the body, he said the emir of Kano invited all the stakeholders in the area, including the chairman and district head of Rogo, in order to find a lasting solution to the matter.
“On April 9, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Mohammed II, invited the Hakimin Rogo (District Head), Dagacin Kadana (Chief), CAN Chairman in Rogo L.G.A, Rev. Bulus Fara, the Baptist Church Pastor, Rev. Haliba Garba and the CAN P.R.O of Rogo Mal. Kabiru Garba to his Palace. The District Head read out the details of what transpired and the Emir expressed his dismay at what happened.
“He warned the District Head that such a thing must never happen again in his District and in fact, anywhere else in Kano State Emirate. He directed that the District Head should take up the matter with the Chairman, Rogo L.G.A, to rebuild the burnt Church and the Pastor’s house. The Emir followed up this verbal directive with a letter addressed to the Chairman, Rogo L.G.A on the same subject matter,” Dikko said.
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