Angry youths numbering about 20 on Monday night, March 1, reportedly beat up a clergyman to coma for refusing to allow them to perform their tradition.
According to reports, trouble started when Pastor Michael Samson, the cleric overseeing United Evangelical Church in Iyano community under Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State, during the day denied the youths entry into the church with their masquerade while they were performing a ceremony.
Infuriated by the pastor’s refusal, the youths returned at about 11pm on Monday night with deadly weapons, with which they attacked the pastor while he was asleep.
It was gathered that the pastor is currently in coma and admitted at Idah general hospital.
A pastor who narrated the incident to Tribune said,
“They wanted to perform to the gods of the land which we call ‘Ane’ in Igala land. The pastor told them that this is not the right place to do it and they should leave. After leaving, they came back in the night fully kitted with dangerous objects to beat him to Coma.
“They were up to 20. We are praying right now that nothing should happen to our brother because he is currently in critical condition.
“The incident has been reported to the Police Division in Onyedega under Ibaji LGA.”
The Police are reportedly on the trail of persons allegedly behind the act.