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‘Blasphemy’: Catholic masses suspended in Sokoto as rioters attack two parishes

‘Blasphemy’: Catholic masses suspended in Sokoto as rioters attack two parishes
May 14
22:46 2022

Some rioters have attacked two Catholic churches in Sokoto state, destroying some facilities in the parishes.

On Saturday, some protesters had taken over major roads in Sokoto over the arrest of the suspected killers of Deborah Emmanuel, a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.

A mob killed Deborah over alleged blasphemy on Thursday.

In a statement, Christopher Omotosho, spokesperson of the Catholic diocese of Sokoto, said one of the churches was partly burnt by the rioters.

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He added that there was no casualty recorded during the attacks.

“During the protest, groups of youths led by some adults in the background attacked the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral at Bello Way, destroying church glass windows, those of the Bishop Lawton Secretariat and vandalised a community bus parked within the premises. St. Kevin’s Catholic Church Gidan Dere, Eastern By-pass, was also attacked and partly burnt; windows of the new hospital complex under construction, in the same premises were shattered,” Omotosho said.

“They were promptly dispersed by a team of Mobile Policemen before they could do further damage. The hoodiums also attacked the Bakhita Centre located along Aliyu Jodi Road and burnt down a bus within the premises.

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“In a reaction, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah commended the Governor of Sokoto State, H. E. Alhaji Amina Tambuwal for acting promptly by declaring the 24-hour curfew to stem the protests.

“He also commended the security forces for promptly rising to the occasion to prevent further damage at our facilities. In all, no life was lost.

“Contrary to information in circulation, we wish to disclaim that there was an attack of any sort on the residence of Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah. The Bishop appeals to Christians to remain law abiding and pray for the return of normalcy.

“All masses in Sokoto metropolis have been suspended until the curfew is lifted.”

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Meanwhile, Deborah was laid to rest on Saturday in her hometown in Tunga Magajiya, Rijau LGA of Niger state.

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