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Pastor Arrested As Church Members Allegedly Stone Traditional Worshipper To Death In Lagos

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A clergyman and nine of his church members have been arrested for allegedly stoning a 25-year-old traditional worshipper, Agboola Akeem, to death during a clash in Lagos.


The clergyman, identified as Mercy Okoch of the Truth and The Spirit Prophetic Church in Lagos state, got into a fight with traditional worshippers on Tuesday, August 23 at about 6.30pm.

It was gathered that the traditional worshippers were celebrating their Oro festival while the church members were having a church service. The traditional worshippers allegedly invaded the church premises and asked them to stop their service.

The traditional worshippers and church members got into a shouting match, which turned into a brawl. In the process, one of the traditional worshippers was allegedly stoned to death. This caused a rage among the other traditional worshippers, who vowed to burn down the church.

Officers attached to the Oko Oba Police Division stormed the church premises following a distress call that the church, located at Number 2 Sanni Taiwo Lawal Street in Oko Oba, was about to be set ablaze.


The police were able to quell the tension and evacuated the body of the deceased and deposited it in the morgue. Nine churchgoers, including the pastor, are currently being held in police custody.

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