Vi­o­lence in Fun­tua over ‘blas­phemy’

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Atika Balal & Idris Mah­mud, Katsina

Youths took to the streets in Fun­tua town of Katsina State yes­ter­day in protest over al­leged defama­tion of Prophet Muham­mad (SAW) by a teacher.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the defam­a­tory state­ment fea­tured in an ex­am­i­na­tion ques­tion paper set by the school last Thurs­day.

Hun­dreds of youths went round the town in a protest which even­tu­ally turned vi­o­lent as part of the school and a church were set on fire.

In­terim chair­man of Fun­tua Lo­cal Govern­ment Area, Al­haji Abdu Isah and the district head of Fun­tua, Al­haji Sambo Idris Sambo, went round the town plead­ing with the youths to be calm.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that po­lice­men had to be de­ployed to the area to bring the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol.

No life was lost in the in­ci­dent, but shops and mar­kets in the area were shut down. The state Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Mo­hammed Hurdi, who vis­ited the area, said calm has been re­stored.

PHOTO: VIN­CENT EGUN­YANGA

Gover­nor Adams Osh­iom­hole of Edo (left) with Oba Ere­di­auwa, dur­ing the gover­nor’s visit to the royal fa­ther in Benin yes­ter­day.

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