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Crisis Rocks Bauchi Community Over Blasphemy, Pastor Injured, Houses Burnt

Crisis Rocks Bauchi Community Over Blasphemy, Pastor Injured

There is tension in the Katangan area of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State as angry youths went on rampage over alleged blasphemy, leading to a pastor sustaining injuries and houses getting burnt.

Details of what actually transpired remain sketchy but it was discovered that it started when a message was allegedly shared on social media that a Christian girl in the town had blasphemed against Islam.

An anonymous source who spoke with Punch disclosed that the incident is an aftermath of what happened with Deborah Samuel in Sokoto State.

"Yes, the incident is true. It is an aftermath of the incident of the alleged blasphemy that happened in Sokoto last week.

"What I learned 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 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 learned that the District Head of the area and the leaders are on top of the situation.

"The police have also been informed about it", the source said.

A second individual added: "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.

"In the process, one of the pastors of the ECWA church was seriously wounded; as I speak to you now, efforts are on to save his life."

The ugly development was also confirmed by one of the leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Bauchi via a telephone interview.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police in the state and the Senior Special Assistant to the Bauchi State Governor on Christian Religious Affairs are aware.

He urged the Christian community in the state not to allow the situation to worsen.


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