By The Evangelist News Edition, Monday June 26, 2023. Admin.
A butcher, identified as Usman Buda, was on Sunday killed over alleged blasphemy in Sokoto State.
Buda was reportedly stoned to death by an irate mob over remarks regarded as an insult to Prophet Muhammad.
The incident occurred at the Sokoto, the Sokoto State capital.
Confirming the incident in a statement, Ahmad Rufai, Sokoto police spokesperson, said the command deployed its operatives to the scene of the incident immediately after it received a distress call.
Rufai said the mob had already escaped when the police officers arrived at the scene of the attack, adding that the victim, who was met unconscious, was rushed to the hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead.
Read the statement: “On 25th June 2023 at about 0955hrs, a distress call was received at about 0920hrs that one Usman Buda ‘M’ of Gwandu LGA a butcher at Sokoto Abbatoir allegedly blasphemed the holy prophet Muhammad (SAW).
“As a result, he was mobbed and attacked by some Muslim faithful who inflicted serious injuries on him.
“Upon receiving the information, the Commissioner of Police, Area Commander metro and DPO Kwanni, led a team of policemen and all other operational commanders to the scene.
“On arrival, the mob escaped the scene and left the victim unconscious; where he was rescued and taken to Usmanu Danfodio Teaching Hospital Sokoto (UDUTH) for treatment and was later confirmed dead at the said Hospital”.
Rufai said calm had been restored in the area while the police had begun an investigation of the incident.
Deborah Samuel, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, was in May 2022, attacked by a mob and set ablaze over alleged blasphemy.