Pastors are usually the first target during a persecution. This church was raided and a pastor was beaten and threatened for his faith in a town near Lagos, Nigeria. This area is considered cosmopolitan with different religious groups living in harmony. Christians here don’t usually experience persecution by extreme Islam extremists. But this incident reminds us that Christian persecution can happen anywhere even in areas deemed safe.
10/07/2016 Nigeria (Dailypost) – 40-year-old Muslim cleric, Saheed Gbadamosi, was on Tuesday arraigned in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly threatening to bathe a pastor with acid and destroying his church property.
The accused, a resident of Aboru area of Iyana-Ipaja, is being tried for breach of peace, assault and threat to life.
The prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu, said that the accused committed the offences on September 4 at his residence.
He told the court that the accused conspired with others still at large and stormed the defendant’s church armed with different types of dangerous weapons as they beat up the pastor identified as Emmanuel Ugbo, destroying church property and threatening to pour acid on him.
“The accused and his accomplices beat up the complainant and damaged four chairs valued at N4,000 and mixer valued at N35,000 being church property.
“The accused and others also threatened to bathe him with acid if he refused to stop converting his ‘clients’ to his church.
Nwosu said the accused stormed the complainant’s church with hoodlums and attacked the complainant.