Monday, May 4, 2015

Emir Orders Rebuilding of Burnt Church

The Emir of Kano has ordered the rebuilding of a Baptist church and pastor's house in Rogo Local Government Area (LGA), Kano State, and has warned against any further attacks on churches within his emirate. The church and pastor's house had been destroyed in violence that resulted in the death of the pastor's daughter.

Fifteen people have been arrested in connection to the attack on the church and pastor's house in Gidan Maso Village on the evening of 1 April, which claimed the life of the daughter of Reverend Habila Garba. Local Muslim youths set fire to her home and church after failing to locate a Christian man who had briefly converted to Islam before returning to Christianity.

On 9 April, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi II, summoned Rev Haliba Garba, the Rogo District Head, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Rogo and the CAN public relations officer to his palace to express dismay over the incident. He warned the District Head that such an incident should never be repeated in Rogo or anywhere else in the Kano State Emirate and ordered him to contact the LGA Chairman to facilitate the rebuilding of the church and pastor's house, sending a letter to the Chairman to that effect.

15 Youths Arrested Over Burning of Kano Baptist Church

The Kano State Police Command has arrested 15 persons in connection with the recent burning of a Baptist Church at Gidan Maso village in Rogo Local Government Area of the state.

Also, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi II, summoned the Hakimin Rogo (District Head), Dagacin Kadana, Chairman Christian association of Nigeria (CAN) 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 over the matter.

It would be recalled that on April 1 at about 7:30 pm, the residence of the Pastor, Rev Habila Garba was burnt by irate youths, while one of his daughters died of suffocation.

This occurred barely a week after another branch of Living Faith Church popularly called Winners Chapel in Giwa, Headquarters of Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State was burnt by two unidentified arsonists.

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