Pastor Attacked, Houses Burnt as Violence Erupts in Bauchi Over Alleged Blasphemy
Irate youths who went on the rampage over alleged blasphemy allegedly injured a pastor and set fire to many homes in the Katangan area of the Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
As of the time of filing this report, the incident’s details were still sketchy.
Our source learned that the trouble began when a message was allegedly circulated on social media accusing a Christian girl in the town of blasphemy against Islam.
“Yes, the incident is true,” a source who spoke with our correspondent confirmed the incident. It is a result of the alleged blasphemy incident that occurred in Sokoto last week.
“What I found out was that a Christian girl allegedly posted and commented on something on social media related to the Sokoto incident, and that’s how it all started,” she said.
“Since many houses have been burned down, the situation is more than just tense.” To the best of my knowledge, no life has been lost.
“A shop belonging to an ECWA Church in the area was also set ablaze. I also learned that the area’s District Head and leaders are on top of the situation. It has also been reported to the police.”
“We were at home this evening when we heard shouts from some Muslim youths who went on the rampage and besieged an ECWA Church in the area,” another source said.
“However, Christian youths and others resisted and repelled them, but only after they had burned down a church-affiliated shop.” The rioting teenagers set fire to many homes.
“One of the ECWA church’s pastors was seriously injured in the process; as I speak to you now, efforts are underway to save his life.”
In a telephone interview with journalists, one of the state’s leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria confirmed the incident.
He stated that the state’s Commissioner of Police and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Bauchi State on Christian Religious Affairs are both aware of the situation.
He urged the state’s Christian community not to allow the situation to deteriorate.
Attempts to obtain confirmation from the Bauchi State Police Command on the incident were unsuccessful.
As of the time of filing this report, several calls to Ahmed Wakil, the Public Relations Officer, were not answered or returned.