Nigeria: Muslim mob burns houses, shops in anger after failing to nab Christian lady to lynch over blasphemy

An angry Islamist mob went on a rampage on Monday, May 23 and set fire to more than a dozen residential and commercial properties after failing to capture a 40-year-old Christian lady they wanted to kill over alleged blasphemy charges.

An angry Islamist mob went on a rampage on Monday, May 23 and set fire to more than a dozen residential and commercial properties after failing to capture a 40-year-old Christian lady they wanted to kill over alleged blasphemy charges.

The incident came from a town in Warji, Bauchi, where the angry crowd was upset over a message that the Christian lady on social media published. The message seemed offensive to Islam and was recognised as an act of blasphemy.

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In the past week, a staffer from the Medical Department of Warji council area, Rhoda Jatau, posted a video message on Whatsapp that allegedly criticised Islam. Jatau forwarded the video message that initially came from Ghana in a group having 20 members, out of which 15 were Muslims.

Several Islamists threatened her to take down the video. Also, the deputy director of the Medical Department of Warji was pushed to interrupt the matter.

As everyone sensed danger due to the rage of Muslims, the neighbours of the female medical employee made safety arrangements for her.

Reports mentioned that the angry Muslims in the area created a stir and protested by setting six houses and seven shops on fire and leaving many people injured after they could not catch Jatau.

As per the police, the incident took place around 5:45 pm on Friday, May 20. Since then, the authorities have deployed all tactical teams, Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and mobile police force, whose joint efforts have brought the situation under control till now.

Earlier also, any type of criticism of Islam draws a severe pushback from Muslims worldwide. Similarly, in a case that took place just ten days ago in Nigeria’s Sokoto, a Christian female student, Deborah Samuel, was tortured and burnt alive by an Islamic mob over an allegation of blasphemy. Nigeria has been witnessing such incidents for some time now, and officials are trying their best to avoid them.

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