Some angry youths on Tuesday, May 12 demolished a muslim worship centre in Ikot Offiong Mbai community of Akpabuyo Local government area of Cross River State.
Muslim faithfuls in the area, who spoke with journalists, expressed surprise over the incident, noting that they have been living in the area for years without any conflict.
A Muslim trader said that the youths “came in three motorcycles and a vehicle, they came down and destroyed the Masjid and drove off”.
A source told our correspondent that the council chairman, Emmanuel Bassey is being fingered for the attack on the mosque following a security meeting he summoned on Monday.
But when contacted the chairman confirmed the meeting, but denied that it was called to launch an attack against anyone or place of worship.
He said the meeting was to discuss the distrurbing security situation in the area with militants kidnapping and robbing residents as well as the activities of Fulani herdsmen.
“I am just hearing about the destruction of the worship centre. I have been in a meeting at the governor’s office since morning.
“How could I have encouraged such? We can’t go and create problems that we are still trying to address and reduce,” he said.
Bassey said the meeting was attended by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the area, paramount ruler of the local government, community leaders and a host of other stakeholders.
Our correspondent gathered that concerns were raised in the meeting about the worship centre constructed three years ago by military operatives stationed at the popular maternity junction in the area.
They were often joined by many other Islamic faithful in the local government area for prayers but the operatives however left the station a week ago for unknown reasons.