It was false alarm – Zamfara gov. reveals what ACTUALLY happened during blasphemy killing

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– Governor Abdulaziz Yari promised that those responsible for Zamfara killing will be arrested

– He revealed that it was a false alarm

– The governor said security operatives were able to prevent further attacks

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara has condemned the killing of eight persons in the state after a young man was accused of abusing Prophet Muhammed.

The Punch reports that the governor said this shortly after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the state house on Wednesday, August 24.

Also present at the meeting was his Borno state counterpart, Governor Kashim Shettima.

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Yari said the killing in Talata-Mafara would not be taken lightly and the perpetrators will be brought to book.

“The government will not take the issue of people taking the laws into their own hands lightly.

Governor Kashim Shettima and President Muhammadu Buhari

Governor Kashim Shettima and President Muhammadu Buhari

“You cannot say that whoever abused the Prophet should be killed when there is a government in place.

“There are laws and there are courts where Islamic laws are practised in Zamfara. So, why should someone take laws into his hands? Definitely, all the culprits will be brought to book.”

The governor revealed that accusation of blasphemy against the victim was false as it was just a case of two students fighting.

He said: “Intelligence reports from the security agencies indicated that there was a fight between two students, during which one said the other abused Prophet Muhammed.

“Students beat up the other boy, said to be a Yoruba from Kogi State. His religion was, however, in contention.

“They beat him until he collapsed and they thought he was dead. Then security personnel requested help from a shop owner who took him to the hospital in his car.

“When the students heard that the victim was still alive, they went to the hospital, but soldiers intervened. I don’t know if he is alive or dead.

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“Then the students returned to the polytechnic and burnt the shop of the man who helped the victim. Unfortunately, the police in the division didn’t have enough men to contain the riot.

“Before reinforcement came, the crowd also burned down the man’s house. Everyone in the house was killed, all of them Muslims, despite the rumour in the social media that Christians were being killed in Zamfara.

“In fact, the mob wanted to go and burn churches and attack non-Muslims, but the security forces stopped them. It is my home town, where I also live.”

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