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Police Confirm Killing of Man Over Alleged Blasphemy in Bauchi — Africa Daily News

By Abdulwahab Muhammad, Bauchi 

The Bauchi State Police Command has confirmed that a young man identified as Yunusa Usman was beaten to death on Wednesday by an irate b in Nasaru, Ningi Local Council Bauchi State, for allegedly making blasphemous comments.

Police Public Relations Officer PPRO Mohammed Ahmed Wakil confirmed the incident today in Bauchi, He said that the Police is deeply shocked over the unfortunate incident that occured in Nasaru Village on the 19th of June, 2024.

“It has come to our attention that an individual named Usman was involved in sharing information about a new religious movement known as the Fera Movement. Regrettably, this led to tensions and an altercation, resulting in his loss of life,” he said.

The PPRO, said the Commissioner of Police, Auwal Musa Muhammad, condemned the actions of the individuals involved and emphasized the importance of upholding the law. He expressed the Command’s commitment to stepping up surveillance patrols to ensure the safety and security of all residents.

He advised the public to work hand in hand with law enforcement agencies and refrain from taking laws in their own hands. He urged the community to remain calm and carry out their daily activities without fear of intimidation, as normalcy has been restored in the affected area.

Reports said that Yunusa was slain at about 3pm on Wednesday after an argument about a religious sect. The situation attracted the attention of many people who were around and following the line of argument among them.

An eyewitness said that the victim was a member of Faira Islamic Sect, he was heard to have spoken words of insults on the Prophet. ‘Some young men challenged Yunusa to withdraw his statement, but he insisted he would not. He even repeated it. That was when they started beating him.

According to the eye-witness of the locals, Police personnel tried to save Yunusa but were overpowered by the mob armed with stones, sticks and other dangerous things to hit him until he died.

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