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Woman’s whereabouts unknown after alleged blasphemy in Bauchi

By Rauf Oyewole, Bauchi
22 May 2022   |   2:50 am
Irate youths in the Warji Local Council of Bauchi State are trailing a 40-year-old woman, (name withheld) who was accused of blaspheming against Prophet Muhammed.

[FILES] Bauchi. Photo: TWITTER/BALAMOHAMMED

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• CAN Warns Against Attacks, Killing Of Christians In The Guise Of Blasphemy

Irate youths in the Warji Local Council of Bauchi State are trailing a 40-year-old woman, (name withheld) who was accused of blaspheming against Prophet Muhammed. 

  
According to the State’s Police Command, six houses and seven shops have been destroyed in Warji, while the State Commissioner of Police has ordered an investigation into the crisis that followed the allegation. 
  
The Police spokesman, Ahmed Wakil, in a statement, on Saturday, said: “On May 20, 2022, at about 1745hrs, some irate youths set six houses and seven shops ablaze, while scores of persons were injured as a result of an alleged blasphemous message posted on the social media by a 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department of Warji Local Government.
  
“The police have since deployed to the scene, all tactical teams, including Mobile Police Force (MPF), and Rapid Response Squad (RRS) whose joint efforts brought the situation under control. The area is calm for now, while visible patrols are ongoing to keep the peace,” Wakil said in the statement.
  
The police commissioner appealed to the public to be calm and go about their lawful businesses without any fear of intimidation, as normalcy has been restored in the affected area.
  
Meanwhile, the state governor, Bala Mohammed has promised to punish any resident of the state who ignites a religious crisis.

Mohammed, who paid an emergency visit to Warji, about 90 kilometres from the state capital, warned that his government would investigate and bring the perpetrators to book.

Also yesterday, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 Northern States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja urged the Federal Government to immediately halt the ugly trend by Moslem fanatics, who are now hiding under the guise of blasphemy to attack and violently perpetrate killings.

Making reference to the situation in Bauchi, CAN also said that northern fundamentalists now hide under blasphemy to enforce terrorists’ agenda, hence the need for government to swiftly intervene to avert ugly consequences in the near future.

In a statement yesterday, in Kaduna by the Vice Chairman of Northern CAN, Joseph John Hayab, the Christian group said: “Allegations of blasphemy have now become the new excuse by fundamentalists in Northern Nigeria to kill the remnant that bandits and terrorists have not yet killed.”