An unidentified woman was reportedly killed yesterday at Yan Robobi in Kofar Wambai market by an angry mob, who accused her of blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed.
The incident was said to have happened when the market was preparing to close for the day’s business.
According to sources, the woman, who sold plastic wares, was in the company of her husband when she was brutally murdered, after being accused of blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed during a religious argument, which ensued within the market.
After the argument, some youths armed with dangerous weapons were said to have attacked and slit the woman’s throat to the chagrin of other traders in the market. It was also learnt that the remains of the woman had been deposited at the morgue, while investigation is in progress.
The spokesman of the state police command, Musa Magaji Majia, who confirmed the incident, noted that the woman did not belong to any association in the market, making it difficult for any of the traders to contact security operatives to avert the disaster before she was eventually hacked to death by the angry mob, but assured that investigations were going on and the perpetrators would be brought to book.
This is the second killing in the north in one week sparked by alleged blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed. On Sunday, May 29, four persons reportedly lost their lives while at least one house, a church and a shop were burnt in a riot sparked by alleged posting of a blasphemous statement about Prophet Muhammad on the social media in Pandogari town, Niger State.
According to the Assistant Director Army Public Relations, Major N. C Agwu, who had confirmed the incident, 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. The riot led the army to impose a dusk to dawn curfew in the town.