Thursday, April 21, 2011
Corpers May Boycott Tuesday's Election Over Riot Killings In The North
The jungle speech says "Injury to one, injury to all", the riot in the north claimed the lives of many, based on the story so far, none was as shocking as the titled "Minna 50".
The gist says that the corp members (about 50 of them) who resided in the Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship (NCCF) Secretariat in the heart of Minna, were locked down in the building by angry protesters who later set the place on fire.
But the leader of the Corps members, popularly called Papa by his colleagues, found the strength to break down the door and set his colleagues free.
“Some had burns,” one of the lucky boys and girls told The Nation at the Army Barracks, where they are taking refuge.
He said they were initially few at the “Family House”, as the secretariat is called by NCCF members, but many rushed in to escape the rioting near their homes in other parts of the city.
“We were taken by surprise. We couldn’t retrieve anything from the fire,” he said, pleading for anonymity so that, according to him, his relatives would not panic over his safety.
The building was smouldering yesterday.
The irate youths also burnt the NCCF 18-seater bus, which was bought two months ago, and a motorcycle belonging to the fellowship.