Pastor Injured, Houses Burnt In Bauchi Over Alleged Blasphemy –

A pastor (name withheld), has been lacerated, with a quite number of houses reduced to ashes in Bauchi by angry youths.

The irate youths went on the rampage on Friday over alleged blasphemy in the Katangan area, Warji Local Government Area, Bauchi State.

Sources told Africa Investigative Magazine that trouble began following a message circulating on social media that a Christian girl in the town has blasphemed the Islam prophet.

A resident who does not want her name in print confirmed the incident, adding that alleged blasphemy case took place in Sokoto two weeks ago.

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“What I learnt was that a Christian girl allegedly posted and commented on something on social media which has to do with the incident in Sokoto and that was how it started.

“The situation there is more than tension since many houses have been burnt down. But no life that was lost, to the best of my knowledge.

“A shop which belongs to an ECWA Church in the area was also burnt down. And I learnt that the District Head of the area and the leaders are on top of the situation. The police have also been informed about it,” he said.

Another source who gave his name as Okrika Samuel said that muslim youths in their large number were heard shouting as they besieged the church.

Okrika said: “We were at home this evening when we heard shouts from some muslim youths in their numbers who went on the rampage and besieged an ECWA Church in the area.

“But Christian youths and others resisted and repelled them but that was after they had burnt down a shop attached to the church. Many houses were burnt down by the rampaging youths.”

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