There was pandemonium in Akure, the Ondo State capital, as the church where a one-year-old toddler, Gold Kolawole, was kidnapped during a church service a month ago, was set ablaze by an angry mob on Wednesday.
No fewer than two people including a police officer were feared dead and several others injured during the attack.
The General Overseer of the church Prophet Babatunde Alpha was arrested by the men of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) last Tuesday over the missing boy.
Trouble was said to have started when some members of the public noticed some members of the church holding the mid-week service despite the outcry from the public over the missing boy.
It was gathered that those who attacked the church were not happy over the insensitivity of the church towards the matter, especially when it was rumoured that the body of the toddler was exhumed at the altar of the church.
According to the source, the church members resisted the mob and invited police which infuriated the mob, leading to setting the church on fire and some other houses within the area.
No fewer than four cars were set ablaze and other property destroyed during the fracas between the mob and some loyalists of the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Babatunde Alfa.