An angry mob in Lagos State has set a church in Badore, Ajah area of the State on fire after a labourer employed by the church reportedly died after falling into a septic tank.
According to The PUNCH, it was reported that the incident happened on Friday when the deceased victim was engaged by the leadership of the church to work on the premises.
A source said that the middle-aged worker had started doing his job when one of those residing in the premises of the church could no longer sight him on the spot.
He said, “When the people around the premises noticed his absence where he was working, they started to look for him. It was in the process of trying to locate his whereabouts that his body was discovered in the soakaway.”
The occurrence is reported to have sparked fear among the locals, who claimed that the victim’s body had been disfigured or used for ritualistic purposes.
An enraged mob attacked the church grounds as a result, vandalised some properties, and set the structure on fire.
“A cow that was tied close to the church was seized by the mob. They later killed the cow and shared the meat in the community.” the source further disclosed.
The incident has been confirmed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, who said, “Someone was engaged to evacuate the septic tank in the church. While he was doing the job, he fell into the septic tank. He was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead. And some angry youths burnt the church. The body was not mutilated. The policemen were there and they took pictures and no part of his body was removed. No arrest has been made yet.”