Masquerades invaded mosque, attacked worshippers in Ekiti

It was a show of shame as masquerades popularly referred to as “Ara Orun” among the yorubas invaded the central mosque in Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti State to attack the muslim faithfuls.

Aftermath of the attack is that the Imam of Ikun-Ekiti Central Mosque is currently at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, receiving treatments after he was attacked by masquerades Tuesday night.

Muslim faithful had gathered in the mosque to break their Ramadan fast in preparation for the evening prayer by 7p.m., when the masquerades struck. The masquerades attacked the worshipers with cudgels, stone and iron, inflicting injuries on them.

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Alhaji Abdul-Rasak Abubakar-Bello

According to an eye witness, at least five of the worshipers sustained various degrees of injury. The hoodlums also vandalised two cars parked at the mosque’s premises.

While speaking on his hospital bed to our correspondent, Alhaji Abdul-Rasak Abubakar-Bello said that the worshipers were held hostage in the mosque for hours by the masquerades, who threatened to kill them.
The Imam said; “There was no way we could escape because they were waiting for us outside after initially attacking us inside the mosque with iron rods and woods. When we succeeded in locking ourselves inside the mosque, they started throwing stones at us.”

He accused the Divisional Police Office of ignoring the rescue calls made to him by the Muslim community and also accused the traditional ruler of masterminding the attack on the Muslim faithfuls.

All efforts to reach the monarch was futile as he neither picked calls nor responded to a text message sent to him on the attack by our correspondent


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