The Living Faith Church along Airport road, Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, was in the wee hours of Wednesday, set ablaze by some yet-to-be-identified persons. The inferno reportedly destroyed Church property worth several millions of naira.
While the plastic chairs in the church were removed to an unknown place before the building which is located opposite the International Aviation College Ilorin, on Ilorin-Ogbomoso Road was burnt, we gather that a security man attached to the church had been missing since the incident, fueling speculation, that he could have been abducted by the arsonists.
The Provincial Pastor of the church, Timothy Olaniyan, while confirming the incident said that he got a distress call informing him about the fire around 5 a.m. and revealed that the church and a group had been engaged in a squabble over the ownership of the land.
The Deputy Chief of staff to Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed, Mr. Leke Ogungbe, who visited the scene, appealed for calm and urged the church members not to embark on reprisal attack.
He gave an assurance that government would ensure security of lives and property in the state.
Also the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Muyideen Akorede, said the government had directed security agencies to investigate the incident with a view to allowing the law take its full course.
Meanwhile, the Kwara Chapters of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Kwara chapter,and the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, have condemned the burning of the church.
Also, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state, Abdul Dube, said the police officer in charge of the case was still compiling his report and would make their report public after the investigation.