Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - "At this time of strong ethnic and religious tensions, it may happen that there are people who spread false news to further increase tensions", says to Agenzia Fides Father Patrick Tor Alumuku, Director of Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Abuja and Catholic Television of Nigeria, commenting on the then denied news of the attack and destruction of the Church of the Holy Family in Kikwari village, located in the local government area of Kajuru, State of Kaduna, in northern Nigeria (see Fides, 22/2/2021).
The news, released by the State Commissioner for Security and Internal Affairs of Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan, and reported in the Nigerian press, was then denied by Fr. Bivang Thaddeus, priest responsible for the pastoral area of Saint Michael, on which the church of the Holy Family depends.
"The information in question is false. The attack never happened. Nothing is true". Fr. Bivang Thaddeus also specifies that on February 6 there was an attack that killed at least 19 people in the villages of Kujeni and Kutemeshi, located respectively in the local government areas of Kajuru and Birnin Gwari, in the state of Kaduna. Several people from two villages near the village of Kikwari were killed and others injured.
"The population of Kikwari is now dispersed and is in precarious conditions, constantly looking for a place to spend the night and food to survive day after day", said the priest, adding that some of the displaced are seeking refuge in Ungwan Barkonu, in the Kajuru local government area, in the State of Kaduna. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 25/2/2021)