Angry youths had on Wednesday set ablaze a new generation church, Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Oshinle Quarters in Akure, the Ondo State capital, following protests over a missing one-year-old boy during church service in November.
The little boy, Gold Kolawole, got missing and his whereabouts were unknown till now and it was alleged that the police were not conducting a proper investigation on the matter.
The church was however set on fire by irate youths over a rumour that the corpse of the missing boy was exhumed in the church.
But the Ondo state police command has asked residents to disregard the rumour.
In a statement by Femi Joseph, the state’s command spokesperson, said it is not true that the body of the missing child was exhumed in the church.
”The Ondo State Police Command wishes to inform the general public particularly the People of Ondo State that they should disregard the rumours 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 reactions from the people leading to wanton destruction of properties and injuries to many. The church building was also set ablaze by irate youths,” he said.
”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.”