The Imam of Ikun-Ekiti Central Mosque in Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti State, is currently receiving treatment at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, the aftermath of the attack by masquerades on Tuesday night.
Around 7pm on Tuesday, Masquerades invaded and attacked muslims who had gathered in the mosque to break their Ramadan fast and prepare for the evening prayer.
The masquerades carried out the attack using different weapons like stones and iron, cudgels thereby injuring the worshippers.
Not less than four of the muslims were reported to have sustained various injuries.
The masquerades also destroyed two cars parked within the mosque premises.
The Imam of the mosque, Alhaji Abdul- Razak Abubakar-Bello, who was rushed to the hospital had his head stitched.
Speaking from his hospital bed according to Vanguardngr, he disclosed that the Muslims were held as hostage in the mosque for four hours by the masquerades, with a threat to their lives.
“There was no way we could escape because they were waiting for us outside after initially attacking us inside the mosque with iron rods and woods. When we succeeded in locking ourselves inside the mosque, they started throwing stones at us.”
The Imam also said that the Divisional Police Officer ignored their calls by the muslim community to come to their aid.
The muslim community pointed at a traditional ruler of being behind the incident.
The National Council of Muslim Youth Organization, NACOMYO, refuting the attack, accused the monarch and the police connivance on the incident
In a statement by the State coordinator, Tajudeen Ahmed and the Secretary, Musa Tijani, asserted that the monarch had earlier sent warnings that they should keep the muslim women away from the mosque on Tuesday, being the closing session of their masquerade festival.
The statement read thus:
“He was said to have written a letter to the Muslim community of Ikun-Ekiti to ensure that their women are kept indoors.
“The Muslim community of Ikun-Ekiti ensured total compliance by keeping all their female members indoors.”