*Several Worshippers Allegedly Injured
By Olaolu Bilau and Biodun Akande
What was meant to be a drama sketch portraying the commando-like attacks of the dreaded Islamic sect Boko Haram recently turned awry at a church in Osun State.
Worshippers at the First Baptist Church, Ikonifin, about 15 kilometres from Iwo, were said to be in the middle of a Sunday School Class when three young men covering their faces with veils in jihadist-like fashion and wearing long Islamic robes suddenly stormed into the church, releasing heavy firecrackers into the air.
The obviously scared worshippers were said to have scampered in different directions, thinking it was a real Boko Haram attack as they were said to be unaware a drama piece was planned for the day.
Many of them, it was gathered, sustained injuries and broken limbs while trying to run for dear lives.
The sound of the firecrackers was reportedly heard at houses in the vicinity of the church causing panic among residents.
Names of the three young men who allegedly caused the Boko Haram scare were simply given as Tunde, Emmanuel and Peter Oyedepo, all in their early 20s and resident in the town.
When WESTERN POST visited the First Baptist Church, the pastor in charge was said to be away. His wife who did not give her name declined to comment on the incident, saying our correspondent should go to the Nigeria Police Divisional Headquarters at Bode-Osi for information on the issue.
Policemen at Bode-Osi station confirmed the incident, but they, however, said the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) were not on seat to speak on the issue.
They said the matter had been transferred to the State Police Command, Osogbo.
A source in the town, who craved anonymity, told WESTERN POST that the pastor of the church was arrested and later released by the police when the incident happened.
The traditional ruler of Ikonifin town, Oba Solomon Oyewo, was also said to be out of town when our news crew visited, but he is reported to be aware of the incident.
Our source also alleged there was a grand plan to sweep the matter under the carpet as the three young men who executed the church scare had not been arrested by the police even as the source said those who sustained injuries while scampering to safety had been removed from the hospital where there were taken for treatment in a bid to cover up the incident.
Efforts by WESTERN POST to get people in the town to speak on the incident proved futile as those approached by our correspondent feigned ignorance of what actually transpired on the day of the Boko Haram scare.
Tthey however said they heard an incident like that happened in the town.
A member of the church who pleaded for anonymity confirmed the incident but said it was just a drama piece.
Group Petitions NJC against Osun Judge
By Ismail Afolabi, Osogbo
A civil society group in Osun state, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, has petitioned the National Judicial Council, calling for probe of a judge of Osun State High court, Justice Oyejide Falola, over alleged abuse of judicial administration.
The group also called on the NJC to direct the State Chief Judge (CJ) to withdraw all the political cases including that of the state
chapter of the Labour Party (LP) before Justice Falola and re-assign the cases to another judge in the state.
The group, in a petition dated Friday May 16th, 2014 and signed by the Executive Chairman of the Centre, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman,
queried the rationale behind assigning all the Labour Party cases to Justice Falola.
CHRSJ, in the petition, which was made available to WESTERN POST, called on Justice Falola to disqualify himself from all political cases, most especially, the cases of Labour Party (LP)
as earlier being sought for.
Sulaiman asked the NJC to constitute an independent panel to investigate
activities of Justice Falola.
The petition reads in part: “if the on-going attitude of Justice S.O. Falola is not checked in the judicial sector of the state, he would
tarnish the image of that respected arm of government.”