The Kano State Police Command have arrested 15 persons in connection with the recent burning of Baptist Church at Gidan Maso Village in Rogo Local Government Area of the state.
Irate youths had last month burnt the church and the residence of its pastor Rev Habila Garba, with one of his daughters dying of suffocation.
The Kano State government was reported to have sent one Alhaji Is’haq to assess the situation, but the Christian community was said to have been disturbed by his statement in Hausa language which interpretation means that “such an insignificant issue and destruction (where a life was lost) does not call for any mention at all, yet we went about publicizing it to the whole world.”
President of “Tarayyar Masihiyawan Nijeria” (Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Christians), Gen. Ishaku Ahmed Dikko (retd), revealed this while giving a situation report of the incident on Sunday in Abuja.
He noted that in spite of the arrest, four of the youths were still “roaming about boasting and threatening the Christians because they have not been arrested”.
“In response to the cry of Tarayyar Masihiyawan Nigeriya (Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri Christians Association) on the above incidence and the publicity given to it by the Press, we received attention from the Nigerian Police, Emir of Kano and Kano State Government.
“The Nigerian Police went and inspected the damage and on April 5 they arrested six youths. Later on, they went back to arrest nine more who are all at the Kano State Police Command CID.
“The action of the Police pacified and encouraged the Christian Community. One of our own, Barrister Inusa Bako, is representing our interest and monitoring the prosecution which is now in the hands of the Kano State Commissioner of Police.
“However, there are still four of the youths that are roaming about boasting and threatening the Christ-ians because they have not been arrested. Efforts should be made to arrest them,” he said.