The Ondo state police command said it had arrested 10 persons for violence and looting the property of a church, the sotitobire praising chapel in Akure that got burnt on Wednesday.
In a telephone conversation with urban express News Online, the state public relation officer, Dsp Femi Joseph confirms the development saying those arrested are those in connection with stealing of church property during the violence
He said, “We have arrested 10 persons. While the violent crisis was going on, they were busy looting the property of the church. We even recovered some of the church’s property from them.
“Some of them were using vehicles to take the items away when we caught them. We will arrest more of those looters.”
The church was burnt down by irate youths in the Oshinle area of Akure in protest against the disappearance of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, from the church during a Sunday service last month.
The youth were also aggrieved that the police were allegedly not giving the boy’s disappearance of the attention it deserved.
Apart from the church, houses, vehicles and other properties belonging to the religious institution was also burnt by the protesters.
Three people lost their lives in the crisis, including a policeman, whose identity has yet to be revealed.