See Video of how youths set Church Ablaze in Akure

A scene of the incident 

Some angry youths set Sotitobori Church of Akure, Ondo state on fire on Wednesday over the news that the body of a missing child was buried at the church's altar.

They reportedly killed a police officer, burnt six houses and five vehicles.

See the video of the assault on the church here:

In reaction to the incident, the Ondo State Police Command debunked the news that the body of the missing child was buried at the church's altar.

In a statement issued in Akure on Wednesday, the command said the investigation of the missing boy's case was still ongoing, insisting that the church has no hand in the case of the boy.

The statement read: "The Ondo State Police Command wishes to inform the general public particularly the People of Ondo State that they should disregard the rumours making the rounds that the body of a recently declared missing boy in the state has been exhumed from Sotitobire church in Akure.

It is most unfortunate that this misleading information spearheaded by a popular TV station has ignited spontaneous reactions from the people leading to wanton destruction of properties and injuries to many.

The church building was also set ablaze by irate youths. Some of our officers dispatched to the scene to contain the situation were pelted with stones with many of them sustaining injuries.

Their patrol vehicle was also badly damaged. This rejoinder became necessary to disabuse the minds of many Nigerians who might have fallen for these wicked lies and propaganda.

The public should also not be hoodwinked by reports that the command has abandoned the investigation of the incident, as the case file is already on the way to the DPP for legal advice. Notwithstanding this latest incident, more reinforcement has been sent to the scene to contain the situation."

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