“Blasphemy” against Mohammed leads to death of 3 Christians, burning of church in Niger State

 "Blasphemy" against Mohammed leads to death of 3 Christians, burning of church in Niger State

Muslim
youths in Pandogari, Rafi LGA of Niger State killed three people and
razed a church and 3 shops following a rumor about someone who spoke a
blasphemy against Mohammed in the area on Monday May 30th 2016.

Said Army spokesman NC Agwu on Tuesday:

“At about 6pm yesterday,  May 29, one Mr Methodus Chimaije Emmanuel, a
24-year-old trader based in Pandogari, Rafi LGA of Niger state was
attacked and killed by a mob in the town on allegation of posting a
blasphemous statement about Prophet Muhammad on the social media. Troops
of 31 Artillery Brigade of 1 Division, Nigerian army on operation MESA
quickly intervened and restored law and order while a dusk to down
curfew was imposed in the town.

“Early this morning however, the
rioters embarked on further violence, looting shops and blocking the
Lagos – Kaduna Road, a major artery connecting the northern and southern
parts of the country. Again, troops in conjunction with the personnel
of Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)
took control of the situation to forestall escalation of violence and
any threat to the peace in the town. READ ALSO: Tragic! What armed
robbers did to lecturer is totally shocking Regrettably, one church, one
house and a shop were burnt while 25 other shops were looted following
the violence.

“Three other persons including a personnel of the
NSCDC also lost their lives. Some arrests have been made in connection
with the violence and the suspects handed over to the the police. The
military and other security agencies are currently embarking on
confidence building patrols in all nooks and crannies of the town. As
part of the measures to de-escalate tensions and ensure a lasting peace
in the town, the military is working with the Local Government Council
authorities and community leaders, including the Kagara Emirate Council
to pacify all aggrieved parties and build on the peace so far
established.”