It was a tragic day in Talata-Marafa community, Zamfara State, as about eight persons were killed in an orgy of violence occasioned by alleged blasphemy against Islam by a student of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara.
According to reports, the student was said to have made a blasphemous statement against Islam and Prophet Muhammad and was consequently attacked by a mob.
The student, who was beaten mercilessly by the mob, was however rescued by a man, who was simply identified as Tajudeen.
The good Samaritan was said to have put him in his car and drove him to a hospital.
Tajudeen’s action however infuriated the mob the more, as they matched to his house and set it ablaze.
According to a witness, 8 people were also killed and burnt alongside the burning the house.
A 12 hour curfew of between 7pm and 7am has been imposed on the Talata-Marafa community by the police while the state governor, Abdulaziz Yarı has called an emergency Security Council meeting over the incident.
The governor, who attended the burial of the victims of the violence, expressed sadness and vowed that “no stone will be left unturned until all those behind this act are brought to book”.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews
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