Yesterday Night, some masquerades attacked some praying Muslims at the central mosque in Ikun Ekiti community in Ekiti state.
According to eyewitnesses from the community, the masquerades were annoyed that the Muslims called for prayers while they were celebrating their own festival, an act they claim is prohibited by their tradition.
Men of the Nigerian Police force were called to intervene, and they came just in time to avert a clash between the Muslims and the traditional worshipers.
About five of the worshippers were said to have sustained varying degrees of injury. The hoodlums also vandalised two cars parked at the mosque’s premises.
The Imam of the Mosque, Alhaji Abdul-Rasak Abubakar-Bello, who was rushed to the Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, received stitches on his head. Speaking from his hospital bed, he told Vanguard that the Muslims were held hostage in the mosque for four hours by the masquerades, who threatened to kill them.
“There was no way we could escape because they were waiting for us outside after initially attacking us inside the mosque with iron rods and woods. When we succeeded in locking ourselves inside the mosque, they started throwing stones at us.”