President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of eight people in Talata Mafara village of Zamfara State, describing it as “barbaric and unacceptable”.
Reacting to the news on his Twitter handle, @MBuhari, the president vowed that the perpetrators of the act would be brought to book.
The president’s tweet read:
“I received news of the mob killings in Zamfara with great dismay. It is barbaric and unacceptable. I assure that the law will take its course.
“My prayers are with the families of the victims. Under my watch we will work to ensure that there is no place for violence in the name of religion, ethnicity, or in any guise whatsoever.”
Eight persons were on Monday killed 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, TalataMafara.
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.
The victim was said to have been rescued by a passerby, a Muslim, who rushed him to the police station for safety. Enraged by the act of the man the mob then proceeded to the house of the rescuer and burnt it down with eight people inside.
But the man who rescued the student and his wife “were not among the dead,” the police spokesman said.
In a bid to manage the situation and restore peace in the area, the police immediately imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the town while the students’ school has been closed down to prevent further violence.
Students were said to have been seen hurriedly fleeing the town over fears of religious riots.