Bishop Kukah Is Safe, Church Building Destroyed As Curfew Commences

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After protests rocked parts of Sokoto city over the detention of two people linked to the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, said he is safe on Saturday.

In contrast to some online reports, the Bishop also stated that his home was not set on fire.

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To restore order, the state government imposed a 24-hour curfew.

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Kukah issued a statement to Channels Television calling for calm and commending Governor Aminu Tambuwal for declaring the curfew so quickly.

During the protest, Kukah said, groups of youths led by adults in the background attacked the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral, destroying Church glass windows as well as those of the Bishop Lawton Secretariat and vandalising a community bus parked on the premises.

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“A team of Mobile Policemen quickly dispersed them before they could do any further damage,” the statement continued.

“The hoodlums also attacked the Bakhita Centre, which is located on Aliyu Jodi Road, and set fire to a bus inside.”

Kukah praised the security forces for acting quickly to prevent further damage to our facilities, noting that no one was injured.

The Bishop urged Christians to follow the law and pray for the restoration of normalcy.

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All Masses in Sokoto metropolis have been halted until the curfew is lifted, he said.

Meanwhile, a Sokoto city correspondent for the Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that calm has returned to the city following the earlier violence.

Governor Tambuwal said the 24-hour curfew was imposed to prevent the spread of civil unrest in the aftermath of Deborah Samuel’s death.

Deborah, a Shehu Shagari College of Education student, was lynched and burned by a mob on Thursday over blasphemy accusations.

The killing has been condemned by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He has also demanded a thorough, impartial investigation into everything that occurred prior to and during the incident.


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