During a church demolition exercise by the Borno Geographic Information Service in the Moduganari area of the capital city, one person was killed and five others were injured.
According to an eyewitness, officials arrived in a heavy-duty vehicle on Thursday morning around 10 a.m. with orders to demolish the local church EYN Moduganari. Members of the congregation objected to the move.
Some members of the community – mostly residents – attempted to film with their phones, which were quickly seized by CJTF personnel before they opened fire.
The police were called in to bring the CJTF members under control and debrief the team.
The victim’s body was taken to a state specialist hospital, and those who were injured are currently being treated.
Mohammed Naga, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno State, is with the injured at the hospital. He, on the other hand, declined to comment on the incident, saying he would brief the press once he had more information.
Governor Babagana Zulum has also directed the Borno police command to investigate the incident as soon as possible.
He strongly condemned the firing of gunshots by a member of the security task force, as well as some individuals who threw stones at the task force during the confrontation.
Zulum expressed his condolences to both the families of those who died and those who were injured.
Governor Zulum expressed his condolences to the Christian community, leadership, and family of the EYN church in Borno during his conversation with Bishop Mohammed Naga.
He also ordered his deputy, Umar Kadafur, to pay a visit to the hospital where the injured people are being treated, empathise with them, and cover the cost of their treatment.
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