Religious Violence Breaks Out In Niger State Over Blasphemous Comments

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Four persons reportedly lost their lives while at least one house, a church and a shop have been burnt in a riot sparked by alleged posting of a blasphemous statement about Prophet Muhammad on the social media in Pandogari town, Niger State last Sunday, May 29.

Following the riot, the Nigerian Army has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in the town. According to the military authorities, the curfew came into effect as rioters embarked on violence, looting shops and blocking the Lagos – Kaduna Road, a major artery connecting the northern and southern parts of the country.

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Confirming the incidence in a statement released on Tuesday morning, the Assistant Director Army Public Relations, Major N. C Agwu, said the religious riot began at about 6 pm on Sunday when one Mr Methodus Chimaije Emmanuel, a 24 year old trader based in Pandogari, Rafi LGA of Niger State was attacked and killed by a mob in the town on allegation of posting a blasphemous statement about Prophet Muhammad on the social media.

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Religious Riot sparked off in Pandogari town, Niger State

The rioters did not end there but continued on Monday Monday morning, looting shops and blocking the Lagos-Kaduna Road, a major artery connecting the northern and southern parts of the country. He said:

“Regrettably, one church, one house and a shop were burnt while 25 other shops were looted following the violence. Three other persons including personnel of the NSCDC also lost their lives.”



Major Agwu also said that some arrests have been made in connection with the violence and the suspects handed over to the police.

“Three other persons including a personnel of the NSCDC also lost their lives. Some arrests have been made in connection with the violence and the suspects handed over to the police

“The military and other security agencies are currently embarking on confidence building patrols in all nooks and crannies of the town.”

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He also added that the military and other security agencies are currently embarking on confidence building patrols in all nooks and crannies of the town.

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