Oro festival: One killed as traditionalists clash with church members in Lagos

Lagos police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin

Police in Lagos have confirmed the death of one person following a clash between Christians and traditionalists in Oko Oba on Tuesday.

It was gathered that Truth and the Spirit Prophetic Church was holding a vigil while the traditionalists were holding the Oro festival.

During the festival, females and non-natives are mandated to stay indoors.

The traditional worshippers allegedly invaded the church premises and asked the church to discontinue the service. This led to a clash between both parties.

Pastor of the church Mercy Okoch, 50, and nine of her church members were arrested for allegedly stoning a 25-year-old traditional worshipper, Agboola Akeem, to death during the clash.

The incident almost led to the burning of the church but for police intervention.

Lagos police spokesperson Benjamin Hundeyin called for religious tolerance in a tweet on Wednesday.

“Oro worshippers clashed with church members holding a vigil. It sadly resulted in the death of one person. It’s clearly a murder case. Suspects have been arrested. But henceforth, how do we ensure religious tolerance in similar cases?” He asked.