Worshippers defy insurgents, observe Juma’at in bombed mosque

Posted by News Express | 31 October 2015 | 4,002 times

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In spite of October 23 bomb blast outside the new mosque in Jambutu area of Yola which claimed many lives, worshippers turned out en masse to observe Juma’at congregational prayer at the mosque on Friday.

“Many of us deliberately came here to tell the terrorists that they cannot intimidate us,” a worshipper who simply identified himself as Habibu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

NAN correspondent who prayed at the mosque, report that policemen and members of religious aid groups conducted search on worshippers at the only entrance to the mosque that was open.

All the other entrances were closed at 12 noon.

The Chief Imam of the Mosque, Mallam Mohammad Ibn- Usman, whose sermon dwelt on condolence to families of those who lost their lives in the bomb blast, lauded the turn out and the conduct of the worshippers.

He urged Muslim faithful not to relent in their prayers for peace in Nigeria especially in the North-East.

The cleric stressed the need for the people to support the security agencies to ensure security of lives and property

In a related development, ASP Ahmed Suleiman, the Chief Imam of Police Barracks Jum’at Mosque Yola, told NAN that all the gates into the mosque would be shut by 2 pm.

“Worshippers should endeavour to come for prayers as early as possible to avoid rush.

“The gates will be shut by 2 pm on Fridays; it is not proper for worshipers to troop in when salat is on; it causes distraction and makes people lose concentration.

“Concentration is necessary during prayers,” Suleiman said while commenting on new security measures adopted by the authorities to ensure security of lives and properties of worshippers, Suleiman said while commenting on new security measures adopted by the authorities to ensure safety of worshippers. (NAN)

•Photo shows bombed mosque.

Source: News Express

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