Borno boils as youths threaten to kill Naomi Goni for insulting Holy Prophet.
Fear has descended on Maiduguri, Borno State, as hundreds of enraged youths took to the streets to express their outrage over an alleged blasphemous statement made by a lady identified as Naomi Goni.
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The religious extremists had taken over some parts of Maiduguri, according to a security alert seen by SaharaReporters on Monday, and threatened to take action if the Borno State Government failed to prosecute Naomi.
“A protest over Naomi Goni is currently taking place in Maiduguri; reports indicate that protesters have moved from the Nigerian Army’s 7 Division bypass to Gubio Camp. “Avoid 7 Division bypass and Gubio Camp for the time being,” the warning stated.
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On Saturday, SaharaReporters reported that Abdulmajid Tanko Izge, claiming to be the President of a group called Borno Youth Support, was leading the threats against the young woman.
“A message to the Government of Borno State,” Tanko Izge had written, partly in Hausa.
Naomi Goni wanda tayi batanci ga manzo Allah wanda hakan a musulunci kisa ne hukunci akwai wata yarinya me suna Koda musulmi ne ya kafurta ko da soho ne. Borno tayi gaggawan daukan mataki inhar ba haka ba kuma mu musulmai baza muyi bacci ba kuma zamu dauka da kanmu.
English Translation: “(A girl named Naomi Goni insulted Allah’s Messenger (saw), which is punishable by death in Islam, even if the offender is a Muslim.)” As a result, we demand that the Borno State Government act immediately, or else we Muslims will not sleep and will take action).
“You must face the consequences, Naomi,” he added. We will keep speaking out until something is done. #Findnaomigoni.”
“I’m a Gaskiya.” Bango tura yakai Irin Borno wata Ta Zage ma aiki Amma gwamnati Bawani feed Back Tapasa Zuciyana yana I will undoubtedly attend the protest! (In fact, the government has remained silent on the matter.) My heart is racing; I will undoubtedly come to demonstrate).”
Some Northerners were also calling for her death on Facebook.
According to SaharaReporters, a security source said that, Naomi has been apprehended by the police.
“She is currently detained and has denied making the post, claiming that her account was hacked after she gave birth last year.” I doubt she will be released anytime soon, so she will not be killed. “I’ve heard that some people are planning an attack on her father’s house in Maiduguri,” the source said.
The latest attack by Borno extremists comes as the country continues to grapple with the gruesome murder of Deborah Samuel, a 200-level Shehu Shagari College of Education student in Sokoto State, by a Muslim mob made up of her classmates last Thursday.
The incident drew widespread condemnation, and police arrested two suspects – though a protest by some Muslim youths over the arrest turned violent in the state on Saturday.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal had to impose a 24-hour curfew due to the chaos.
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