President Muhammadu Buhari has described the killing of eight people by a mob in a religious riot in Zamfara State on Monday as unacceptable.
The President who described the mob killings over alleged blasphemy of Islam and Prophet Mohammed as “barbaric” said he received the news with “great dismay” on his twitter handle on Tuesday morning. He however assured that perpetrators of the attack will be punished.
“I assure that the law will take its course. Under my watch we will work to ensure that there is no place for violence in the name of religion, ethnicity, or in any guise whatsoever,” the President assured.
No fewer than eight persons were killed on Monday in Talata-Mafara community in Zamfara following violence that erupted over alleged blasphemy by a student of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara.
The deceased were said to have all been killed when an angry mob set fire on the house of a man who tried to rescue the student.
The student was alleged to have made a blasphemous statement against Islam and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and was consequently attacked by a mob.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the boy was said to have been beaten to pulp by the mob, and the man, whose name was simply given as Tajudeen, took him in his car and rushed him to a hospital.
Enraged by the act of the man who rescued the student, an eye witnesses told NAN that the mob moved to his (Tajudeen’s) house, set it on fire and killed eight persons.
The State governor, Abdulaziz Yari who called for an emergency Security Council meeting over the incident, expressed sadness and vowed that “no stone will be left unturned until all those behind this act are brought to book”.
The police have imposed a 12-hour curfew in the community, from 7p.m. to 7a.m. daily until further notice, with warning that anyone caught violating the order would be prosecuted.