Borno Church demolition and killing; Gov. Zulum orders probe, promise to deal with whoever caused it

Borno governor, Babagana Zulum has ordered probe into the shooting and death of one person with five injured during the demolition of a church by government officials in Maiduguri Thursday.

Zulum gave the directive during a meeting with leadership of the Christian Association (CAN) at the Government House.

“Members of Borno Geographical Information Service (BOGIS) have undertaken some exercise today (Thursday) but along the line, the unfortunate is the loss of life of two of us and injury of few others,” the governor told journalists.

He said the cardinal responsibility of any government was to protect the rights and property of its citizens. He said the Borno State government was not happy about the incident and “will not be happy.”

“I have directed the police and DSS to investigate the matter thoroughly to ensure that whoever was involved in this dastardly act be brought to book,” he said.

He requested that the outcome of the investigation be brought given to him. He appealed to all Christians to remain calm. He said the state has experienced relative peace and should not be allowed to descend into any conflict again.

Officials of the Borno Geographical Information Service (BOGIS) had demolished the local church branch of Ekkilisiya Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN -Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) at Maduganari, a populated area in Maiduguri on Thursday morning.

It was learnt that some residents of the area had made spirited attempts to stop the demolition. While the demolition was going on, men of the Civilian JTF guarding the BOGIS officials reportedly opened fire on the residents and workers at the church with live bullets for allegedly attempting to stop the exercise.

A young man said to be 20 years old was shot dead and five others injured. The reporter saw the corpse of the deceased and the five injured men at the State Specialists’ Hospital emergency unit. The CAN leadership in the state had persuade some angry youths to shelve planned protest in the city over the incident

Before the intervention of Governor Zulum and CAN officials some youths had promised to bring hell into Maiduguri alleging that the Governor was anti-Christian.

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