An Igbo man, Mr. Francis Emmanuel, has reportedly suffered a brutal mobbing on Wednesday in Kaduna State, for eating his afternoon meal during the Islamic Ramadan fast.
The 41-year-old Emmanuel, a carpenter, recounted how some group of unknown youths attacked and stabbed him at his workshop around 2:30pm as he was eating his lunch.
Speaking with journalists from his hospital bed, Emmanuel said he went to the market to buy some wood for his work. He said:
“It happened around 2:30pm at Sokoto Road, Kakuri, on Tuesday, when I went to the market to buy wood to do some work,” he said.
“On my way back I bought some food to eat, As I was eating, about six Hausa boys came to ask me if I am a Muslim or a Christian, but I did not answer them.
“They asked why I was not fasting, then, I told them that I am not a Muslim. Before I know it, one of them slapped me. As I stood up, the rest came and surrounded me and started attacking me with knives.”
Emmanuel also told the journalists gathered around him that he did not know the identity of the vicious and bigoted attackers.
“Nobody could come to my aid because of the type of knives the boys were carrying. They used cutlasses scissors and knives, I became unconscious, I don’t even know who brought me to the hospital,” he added.
The Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufia, visited the victim of the assault earlier this morning at St. Gerard Catholic Hospital where he ordered the police to fish out the perpetrators for prosecution.
The violent incident is similar to what happened in Kano where a woman was hacked to death in a market for alleged blasphemy against prophet Mohammed.