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Hijab controversy escalates as hoodlums attack churches, mission schools

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By Oluseyi Dasilva, Ilorin

The crisis surrounding the issue of hijab took a fresh dangerous dimension on Monday when some hoodlums numbering about 100 stormed Sabo Oke area in Ilorin the state capital vandalising churches and grant-aided mission school property in Ilorin.

The carnage started as early as 9.00am when the pandemonium struck in Ilorin about hoodlums destroying property, school gates and louvers of missions and schools with dangerous weapons such as cutlasses and bottles.

Affected were Saint Banabas Church at Sabo Oke and Emmanuel Baptist Church at Sabo Oke as well as some shops.

An eye witness who could not disclose his identity for security reason said he watched the miscreants freely using their dangerous weapons unhindered by security agents. “I saw police van following them without any interruption,” he said adding that “those miscreants were under instruction and that is why they were not arrested.”

The development, which caused apprehension among residents, saw shops and offices located in the area hurriedly closing up to avoid being attacked, just as it was reported that some shops were looted by the hoodlums.

Speaking on the development, the police public relations officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okasanmi, said that the prompt intervention of men of the command nipped the situation in the bud, saying that normalcy had since been returned to schools and business community in the metropolis.

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