by Dolapo Adelana
Suspected hoodlums razed the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Root of David Parish) in Dei Dei, a satellite community in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, The Punch reports.
The incident was said to have occurred at 5am on Monday February 13, 2017.
Reacting to the incident, the Christian Association of Nigeria (Youth Wing) has given the Federal Government and security agencies one-week ultimatum to identify and prosecute the perpetrators.
YOWICAN said failure to produce the arsonist would force its members to embark on a nationwide protest.
The National President of YOWICAN, Daniel Kadzai, who showed journalists the burned church said it was rather unfortunate that attacks on Christians and churches have not been taken seriously.
He said, “I want to express my disappointment in this government for the gross dereliction of its duty. The primary role of government is to provide security to its citizens, irrespective of their religion or ethnicity. But it seems the government has failed in this duty.
“I sincerely want to call on the government to take the issue of church burning, church demolition and attacks on Christians seriously. We do not want to reach a point where we might not be able to control our youths.
“We are therefore giving the government one-week ultimatum to apprehend the perpetrators of this latest attack and prosecute them accordingly.
“All Christian youths across the country would stage a peaceful protest if government continues to exhibit lackadaisical attitude towards the issue, while ignoring the sponsors of the attacks.”
This latest attack comes just weeks after the church was burgled by hoodlums who entered through the ceiling and carted away six ceiling fans, speakers and microphones.
During the attack, the hoodlums allegedly stole musical instruments and other valuables worth millions of naira belonging to the church.
Attempts to speak to the Police Public Relations Officer (FCT Command), ASP Anjuguri Manzah proved abortive.
But the Investigating Police Officer, who simply identified himself as Sergeant Naso, said the culprits will be arrested.
“We have been working hard and we are believing God. You know, to carry out an investigation is not always easy. But we believe that with God, those culprits will be arrested.
“So far, we have conducted raiding.We went there and raided people living around the area. We are still on top of it, investigation is still going on and with the help of God, these culprits will be arrested,” he stated.
The pastor in charge of the parish, Stephen Oladele, said he received a distress call from a member of the church informing him that some men had burnt down the church.
“They made away with the generator, musical instruments, chairs, microphones and set the whole structure on fire,” he said.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.