Burning of Zaria Church: Three suspects in Kaduna Police net


By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna.
Three suspects are now assisting the Kaduna State Police Command in its investigation to dtermine the circumstances leading to the burning of Christian Evangelical Fellowship of Nigeria (CEFN), located at No. 53 Galma street, Sabon Gari, Zaria.
It was alleged that on Thursday morning, 28th July, 2016, an eye witness who saw the Church in flame informed the Pastor of the Church, Pastor Samuel Jacob.
On getting to the premises of the Church, Pastor Jacob discovered that the Church has been set ablaze and everything including chairs and other materials used in the Church were completely destroyed.
According to the Pastor of the Church, a hole was discovered on the wall of the Church through which the alleged suspects gained access into the Church resulting in the burning of the worship center.
On seeing what happened, the pastor reported the matter to the Sabon Gari Divisional Police Office, traditional ruler of the area, stressing that the police, the traditional ruler and vigilante swept into action resulting to the arrest of the three suspects now in police custody.
It is alleged that the suspects went to the Church to steal but after gaining access to the Church, discovered that there was nothing to steal and ended up setting the Church ablaze.
The zonal pastor in charge of the North West of CEFN, Rev. Philip U. Utaji, told New Nigerian that there was an armed robbery in the Church where all the musical instruments were all catered away.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Aliyu Usman, confirmed the arrest of the alleged three suspects in connection with the fire incident, assuring that investigation into the matter was ungoing, adding that as soon as investigation was completed, the suspects would be charged to court.
The alleged three suspects are Muda Mu’azu, Abdulrahman Saidu and Aliyu Yakubu while the forth suspect is still at large.


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