Sotitobire Miracle Church in Akure where a child was allegedly kidnapped a few weeks ago has been set on fire over rumors that the child was found buried on the altar of the church, the Ondo police have come out to debunk the rumors of the boy being exhumed from the church.
According to reports, the incident happened this morning at Oshinle street Akure after the corpse of a 1-year-old boy that went missing during a Sunday service was allegedly exhumed at the altar; this invoked the anger of the youths in that area to set the church ablaze to show their unhappiness about the situation.
The Ondo State Police Command has shut down rumors that the body of missing one-year-old Gold Kolawole, was exhumed from the Sotitobire Miracle Church in Akure, the state capital.
In a statement released this afternoon, spokesperson of the state police command, Femi Joseph said the rumor is untrue.
Read the statement below
“The Ondo State Police Command wishes to inform the general public particularly the People of Ondo State that they should disregard the rumors making the rounds that the body of a recently declared missing boy in the state has been exhumed from Sotitobire church in Akure.
It is most unfortunate that this misleading information spearheaded by a popular TV station has ignited a spontaneous reaction from the people leading to wanton destruction of properties and injuries to many.
The church building was also set ablaze by irate youths. Some of our officers dispatched to the scene to contain the situation were pelted with stones with many of them sustaining injuries.
Their patrol vehicle was also badly damaged. This rejoinder became necessary to disabuse the minds of many Nigerians who might have fallen for this wicked lies and propaganda.
The public should also not be hoodwinked by reports that the command has abandoned the investigation of the incident, as the case file is already on the way to the DPP for legal advice. Notwithstanding this latest incident, more reinforcement has been sent to the scene to contain the situation.” the statement read