Alleged blasphemy: Bauchi police commissioner orders investigation

The Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, CP Umar Mamman Sanda, had ordered a thorough investigation over alleged blasphemy in which a 40-year-old married woman escaped death from irate youths.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Bauchi SP Mohammed Ahmed Wakil said “On 20th May, 2022  Some irate youths set six houses and seven shops ablaze, while some persons were injured as a result of a blasphemous message posted on social media by one Rhoda Jatau (female) 40-year-old staff of the Medical Department, Warji Local Government.

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“The Police have since deployed all tactical teams, Mobile Police Force and Rapid Response Squad (RRS) whose joint efforts brought the situation under control.

“The area is calm for now, while visibility patrols are ongoing to keep the peace”.

He said the Commissioner of Police appealed to the general public to be calm and go about their lawful business without any fear of intimidation as normalcy has been restored in the affected area.

He also assured the  public that the police will continue to give update as to the level of investigation from time to time.

Wakil reiterated the need for parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance over the activities of their wards, particularly youths, and urged religious and community leaders as well as elders to always speak to youths to desist from anything that could breach the peace in their areas.

Residents of Warji said the woman Rhoda narrowly escaped death by angry youths in Katanga, Headquarters of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State on Friday.

He said the youths mounted a serious search for the lady immediately after the Jumat prayers, but could not find her after she was whisked away to safety by residents.

Angered by the development, the youths destroyed some properties and injured several people but no death was recorded.

Religious clerics in the area confirmed the incident to journalists saying they were working hard to calm the youth and advised them not to retaliate or to allow the situation to degenerate.

Dateline Nigeria reports that the incident is coming few days after a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, was killed for alleged blasphemy,.

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