Some youths in Iyano community under Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State, on Monday, descended on a pastor in charge of United Evangelical Church over his refusal to allow them into the church with their masquerade while performing a ceremony.
The angry youths said to be numbering about 20, attacked the pastor identified as Michael Samson and beat him to coma
The incident was said to have occurred around 11:00pm.
The Tribune quoted Kogi In Focus as saying that trouble started when the pastor had during the day, denied the youths access to the church with their masquerade while they were performing a ritual.
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Angered by the pastor’s resistance, the youths returned at night with weapons, with which they assaulted the clergyman.
He is currently in critical condition at Idah General Hospital.
Another pastor of the church who narrated the incident, said:
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“They wanted to perform to the gods of the land which we call ‘Ane’ in Igala land. The pastor told them that this is not the right place to do it and they should leave. After leaving, they came back in the night fully kitted with dangerous objects to beat him to Coma.
“They were up to 20. We are praying right now that nothing should happen to our brother because he is currently in critical condition.
“The incident has been reported to the Police Division in Onyedega under Ibaji LGA.”
The police are reportedly investigating the incident.