Leaders of Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) in Kaduna, have denied rumours that they indulge in ritual activities, while expressing concerns over the safety of their parishes In Bayan Dutse and environs over threats from mobs, following the death of a mason working for the church.
The Provincial Leader of CCC Kaduna Province, Superior Evangelist Sam Atolagbe expressed this while making clarifications at the Provincial headquarters in Kabala Doki, Kaduna.
“We reiterate that what happened on that day was an accident and by no means a ritual. The church separates itself wholly from any kind of diabolical activity based on the church’s doctrine and tenets.
“We express concern over the plight of our parishes located around the vicinity of the incident as the mob has vowed to carry out more damages,” he said.
The Provincial Leader commended the Nigeria Police, other authorities and concerned persons for their prompt and appropriate steps to curb the incident that could have led to further death and destruction of property.
“We further call on the police and other relevant authorities to keep up the good works and enjoin all parishioners to remain calm and law abiding,” he added.
He explained that the shepherd of the affected parish, Steven Shittu has served in the vineyard of the Lord for over two decades being a role model and a spiritual leader having raised faithful disciples for Jesus Christ and still serving.
“Over the past four years, part of the church land has been lost due to water erosion and efforts have been made to recover the eroded land which normally involves the Shepherd engaging some of the youths of the community to carry out mini construction work to barricade portions where the erosion is less severe.