A pastor with the Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, Dike Okocha, was yesterday killed by irate youths in Kankia town in Kankia local government area of Katsina State over an alleged murder of six-year-old girl, Fatima Yusuf.
The mob also set both the church and the pastor’s house ablaze.
It was learnt that the little girl until had been declared missing for four days, until her lifeless body was discovered close to the residence of the pastor.
The remains of the six-year-old were found mutilated, with her private parts removed.
The youth mischievously concluded that the act was carried out by the pastor since her body was dumped close to his house and attacked him.
Pastor Okocha, 50, was reportedly rescued and rushed to the hospital for treatment to his wounds, but his attackers traced him to the hospital where they killed him and set his corpse ablaze.
Confirming the unfortunate incident to journalists, State Police Commissioner, Muhammad Hurdi, said the attackers presumed the pastor to be the killer of the girl and so, took the laws into their hands by setting him ablaze.
Hurdi said the Eze Igbo of Kankia, who was at the residence of the pastor at the time of the attack, barely escaped, as he was also attacked by the rampaging youths, adding that the Eze’s properties were set ablaze by youths who removed his properties and set it on fire.
“It is unthinkable to assume that the pastor having killed the girl for whatever purpose, would go ahead to dump her body near his house. This is the work of some mischief-makers who wanted to create the impression that the pastor committed the crime. But we will investigate the matter to bring perpetrators to book”, Hurdi enthused.