Borno church demolition: Zulum visits bereaved Pastor Bitrus, confirms suspects’ arrest

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, Wednesday, visited Pastor Bitrus Tumba, whose son, Ezekiel Bitrus, died during the demolition of EYN Church.

Violence broke out between security operatives attached to the Borno Geographic Information Service (BOGIS) and worshipers on August 5, 2021.

Adam Bababe, BOGIS Executive Secretary led the team to the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa Nigeria (EYN) branch in the Maduganari area of Maiduguri.

Zulum was received by the family and officials of Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) led by the chairman, Bishop Mohammed Naga.

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He had on the day of the incident sent his deputy, Umar Kadafur to meet the victims and also directed the police to commence a probe.

In his remarks, the governor confirmed the arrest of suspects and admitted that he deliberately delayed his visit because of the tension in town.

“We thought it was not a good time to pay you a visit then. I am here to commiserate with your family over the unfortunate death of our brother, Ezekiel Bitrus.

“My coming today, weeks after that very unfortunate and painful incident, is proof that we have not forgotten the issue.

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“Suspects have been quietly arrested and all those involved in that dastardly act are being detained and God willing, they will face justice, as soon as the Police completes investigation and make appropriate recommendations.

“We shall do justice to the matter without fear or favour. We share your pains. No exercise of government is ever aimed to cause injury let alone the death of any citizen.

“Every person in Borno has equal rights and we have a duty to protect those rights. We are pained by what happened. Please accept our deepest condolences”, he said.

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Zulum was accompanied by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Isa Marte Hussaini, and a commissioner from the Christian community.

Pastor Bitrus Tumba thanked the Borno helmsman for the visit, adding that he considered Ezekiel’s death as an act of God.

After the demolition, photos of EYN congregants and other Christians observing service inside rubbles went viral.



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