At least eight persons were killed on Monday in Talata-Mafara community in Zamfara State following violence that erupted over alleged blasphemy against Islam and Prophet Mohammed by a student of the Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara.
The student was said to have made a blasphemous statement against Islam and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and was consequently beaten to a pulp by the mob.
A man, who was simply identified as Tajudeen, took him in his car and drove him to a hospital. Enraged by the act of the man who rescued the student, an eye witnesses said that the mob moved to his (Tajudeen’s) house, set it on fire and killed eight persons.
The police command in Zamfara state confirmed the incident and in a bid to restore peace imposed an indefinite curfew on the town. The 12-hour curfew in the community will run from 7p.m. to 7a.m. daily until further notice.
The Police spokesman, Shehu Muhammad, however warned that any person or group of persons found violating the curfew would be arrested and prosecuted.
Governor Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, joined hundreds of people to bury the deceased. Expressing sadness over the incidence, he called for an emergency security council meeting and vowed that no stone will be left unturned until all those behind this act are brought to book.
The Polytechnic was said to have shut down the institution with immediate effect, after the incident.
Just two months ago (June), a 74-year-old trader, Mrs. Bridget Agbaheme, was brutally murdered at Yan Robobi in Kofar Wambai market Kano state by an angry mob, after been accused of blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed.
A few days after that, one Mr. Francis Emmanuel, also reportedly suffered brutal mobbing on in Kaduna State, for eating his afternoon meal during the Islamic Ramadan.
The recent killings in the north over alleged blasphemy against Islam or Prophet Mohammed is becoming alarming and should be looked into by both states and federal government to avoid degenerating into ethnic or religious crises.