Pandemonium in the Katangan area of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State as a pastor was allegedly injured and many houses were burnt by irate youths who went on the rampage over alleged blasphemy.
According to The Punch Newspaper, the trouble started when a message was allegedly circulated on social media that a Christian girl in the town allegedly engaged in blasphemy of Islam.
The new outlet gathered from a source, how the incident occurred and whether it is true or not. Confirming the occurrence of the crisis, the source said:
“Yes, the incident is true. It is an aftermath of the incident of the alleged blasphemy that happened in Sokoto last week.
“What I learnt was that a Christian girl allegedly posted and commented on something on social media which has to do with the incident in Sokoto and that was how it started.
“The situation there is more than tension since many houses have been burnt down. But no life that was lost, to the best of my knowledge.
“A shop which belongs to an ECWA Church in the area was also burnt down. And I learnt that the District Head of the area and the leaders are on top of the situation. The police have also been informed about it.”
Another source that was contacted by The Punch disclosed:
“We were at home this evening when we heard shouts from some muslim youths in their numbers who went on the rampage and besieged an ECWA Church in the area.
“But Christian youths and others resisted and repelled them but that was after they had burnt down a shop attached to the church. Many houses were burnt down by the rampaging youths.
“In the process, one of the pastors of the ECWA church was seriously wounded; as I speak to you now, efforts are on to save his life.”
The incident was also confirmed by one of the leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the state who was interviewed by journalist via telephone call.
He said that the Commissioner of Police in the state and the Senior Special Assistant to the Bauchi State Governor on Christian Religious Affairs are aware. The christian leader urged the Christian community in the state not to allow the situation to degenarate.
As the details of the incident were still sketchy, efforts to get a confirmation on the incident from the Bauchi State Police Command proved abortive.
Several calls put through to the Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, were neither picked nor returned as of the time of filing this report.
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