Emmanuel Emeka, a chemist in the Ketu area of Lagos state, narrowly escaped death after he was seized by some Hausa youths for writing a blasphemous word on a magazine, which triggered their anger.
But for the timely intervention of the policemen from the Ketu Police Division who quickly brought the situation under control, Emmanuel Emeka would have been a dead man by now. It was gathered that the youths had already mobilized to destroy the victim’s shop, but were prevented by the policemen who also took custody of him to save his life.
According to a source:
“It happened around 9pm on Sunday. The issue could have led to a bloody fight between Christians and Muslims in Ketu, but for the police.
“What happened was that the man wrote something on a magazine which the Hausa youths said was blasphemous. When other Hausa men saw it, they became angry and seized him.
“Some of his friends tried to rescue him and that almost started a fight. The police were alerted and they responded quickly and doused the rising tension.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the happening, adding that the situation was under control. She also confirmed that Emmanuel Emeka was in police custody.
“The Lagos State Police Command averted what could have been a religious crisis between the Igbo community and the Hausa Muslim community due to the timely intervention of its operatives.
“At about 9.05pm, the Ketu division received a distress call that a boy was about to be lynched by some youths because he wrote blasphemous words on their magazine.
“The boy was rescued and kept in protective custody. His chemist shop was secured from destruction. Everywhere is calm as the police have intensified patrol in the area after successfully calming frayed nerves.”
The issue of Christians being killed over alleged blasphemous comments is becoming more popular by the day. Just two weeks ago, eight people were burnt to death in Zamfara state as a result of alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.
We hope it’s addressed soon before it becomes a morsel to big for Nigeria to swallow.