Police order investigation into blasphemy case in Bauchi

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Police order investigation into blasphemy case in Bauchi

Story from Ahmad SAKA, Bauchi

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

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, SP Mohammed Ahmed Wakil said, “On 20th May, 2022, some irate youths set six (6) houses and seven (7) shops ablaze, while scores of persons were injured as a result of a blasphemous message posted on social media by one Rhoda Jatau (female) 40yrs old, a staff of the medical department in Warji Local Government”.

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Wakil said “The Police 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 maintain the peace”.

He said “The Commissioner of Police appeal 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 and assured the public that the Police is on top of the situation and will continue to update the public as to the level of investigation from time to time”.

Wakio said “the command would like to use this medium to reiterate the need for parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance over the activities of their wards, particularly youths, and urged religious leaders, community leaders and elders generally to always speak to youths to desist from anything that could temper with the security of their areas.

Similarly, few days back an incident occured in which a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, was killed for alleged blasphemy.

According of residents in Warji, the woman identified as Rhoda narrowly escaped death by angry youths in Katanga, headquarters of Warji local government area of Bauchi State on Friday.

He said the youths in the area 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, and said they are working hard to calm the youths, while advising them not to retaliate so the situation doesn’t degenerate.

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