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Madness in the North: From Kano to Niger, people are being killed over ‘blasphemy’

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Madness in the North: From Kano to Niger, people are being killed over ‘blasphemy’

Radical Muslims in the Northern part of the country are losing their minds and taking the law into their hands.

In the last one week alone, we have reported three cases of alleged blasphemy and how it is being handled in some states in the North.

The first case was from Kano. Last February, an Upper Shariah court presided over by Khadi Atiku Muhammad Bello sentenced six men accused of blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad to death. That incident thankfully followed the law, and the men appealed the unbelievable sentence. Last week, the Court of Appeal in Kaduna overruled the Shariah court.

However, the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, was not satisfied with the verdict. He believed that the men deserved to die for blasphemy. He has since instructed the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice to file an appeal against the ruling.

The second incident happened in Niger state just this week. In a town called Pandogari, a 24-year old man called Methodus Chimaije Emmanuel was brutally murdered on Sunday over alleged blasphemy. Killing the man was not even enough for the bloodthirsty mob – they burnt down a church, a house and a shop; they looted several shops and even blocked the Lagos-Kaduna road.

The insanity forced the Army to declare a curfew in the town.

The third and most recent case occurred just yesterday, once again in Kano state. This time, the victim was a woman who was killed right in front of her husband in Kofar Wambai market in Yan Robobi. The woman who sold plastic wares in the market was involved in an argument and it was alleged that she blasphemed in the course of the argument. The irate mob took the law into their hands and slit her throat.

The spokesman of the state police command, Musa Magaji Majia, confirmed the incident. It is unclear if any arrest has been made.

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