Nigerian pastor who lost his church and home in clash in Lagos tells his heartbreaking story

Posted by on Oct 25, 2020, Under: News

Nigerian pastor who lost his church and home in clash in Lagos tells his heartbreaking story

Solomon Ajao, a cleric from the Fagba area in Lagos, recounted how he suffered a terrible failure at the hands of thugs.

According to the Sunday PUNCH, the pastor spoke about the devastating loss that clashes between young people in the community have left his family.

His church and apartments in the building were burned down in the clash, and his family was displaced.

On Sunday, PUNCH learned that some young people, who said they had organized the #EndSARS protest, walked up to a checkpoint at Fagba intersection on Wednesday and stopped a truck carrying cows from the northern part of the country.

The criminals reportedly set the truck on fire when they asked for a cow from the owners, who refused their request.

The owners reportedly mobilized and retaliated, leading to arson attacks on properties, including homes, churches, shops, a bank and a gas station.

Fears were raised that many people were killed in the clash, which lasted until Thursday, but police did not confirm.

Telling our reporter about how the incident affected his family on Saturday, Ajao said the violence started on Monday when he left his home and went to a place of prayer in Ifo, Ogun State.

He said: “I went to prayer in Ifo early Monday morning, leaving my wife and children at home. I was at the prayer place at about 8 am when they called me and said that Fagba was boiling. Some members of my church moved my family to their home because our church was at the center of the violence.

“They broke into my premises through the gate and burned down the church and our house, including the car I recently bought. I just returned from the prayer place today (Saturday) and saw that everything was gone. My family and I have been displaced. “

The pastor said the attack on his property was deliberate, adding that the arsonists only used the fight to carry out their plan.

One resident, Ibrahim Adeni, said that many unidentified people died in the chaos. However, he said that normalcy returned when people started dating.

The video, which our correspondent noticed, shows the criminals entering shops in broad daylight. Some of the robbers fled with the stolen belongings as residents and passers-by watched them in alarm.

“Shops are breaking down in Fagbe. These are not #EndSARS protesters. Look at them; they are criminals, ”said someone filming the scene in the background.

Meanwhile, Muyiva Ademola State Police spokesman said in a statement on Friday that Police Commissioner Hakim Odumosu visited the community and urged warring groups to sheathe their swords and live together peacefully. …

The statement read, in part: “The Chief of Police, who was accompanied by the District Commander, District G, ACP Ibrahim Zungura, PMF 2 Commander Lagos, ACP Wahid Ayilara, CSP Mohammed Odunlami and several other officers, also visited the Fagba District in Lagos where some Hausa and Yoruba youths participated in attacks that resulted in property destruction following a small conflict that was peacefully resolved to prevent further attacks in the area

“The Police Commissioner immediately ordered an investigation into most cases across the state, including the Oba building in Lagos and Fagbe, respectively.”