PUNCH Metro learnt that a woman, who had attended a vigil in the church, was injured after her head was smashed with a stone.
Shortly after the members slept off, the assailants reportedly struck,
smashing the stone on the head of the woman whose name had yet to be
Our correspondent was told that the victim raised the alarm, which woke up other church members and residents of the area.
A resident, who gave his name only as Joseph, said the crowd gave the suspects a chase and one of them was apprehended.
He added that the woman had been admitted to a hospital.
He said, “After his arrest, he told us that they were three that
attended the vigil. They pretended to be members of the church. People
were exhausted after the service and slept off inside the church. During
that period, they attacked the woman. She was seriously injured in the
“Two of them fled, but the third suspect was apprehended and
taken to the Ipakodo Police Station. Some youths wanted to lynch him,
but they were stopped.”
An elder in the community, who spoke on condition of anonymity, urged
the police to conduct adequate investigation on the suspect with a view
to arresting other fleeing members and their sponsors.
“The woman is in a critical condition at the hospital. It took the
intervention and assurances from elderly members of the community that
justice would be done before the youths agreed to hand over the suspect
to the police.
“We have witnessed a situation where a suspect was
caught like this and handed over to the police, but nothing came out of
it. The police should ensure diligent investigation and prosecution. If
justice is done, people will stop jungle justice,” he added.