Man Arrested in Sokoto for Alleged Blasphemy

- Innnocent Onuminya

The peace and tranquilit­y enjoyed in Sokoto State known as The Seat of Caliphate, was troubled yesterday when one Isma’ila Sani Isah allegedly posted a blasphemou­s comment against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on his social media platform.

The suspect, who was later arrested by the Sokoto State Police Command, was said to have made the alleged comment on Facebook in protest of not getting a local government job. In the post, Isah accused one man in their area of denying him an offer despite his financial problem.

The Sokoto State Government in a statement yesterday, condemned the blasphemou­s comment against the Prophet, even as it called on residents to remain calm as the suspect had been apprehende­d and investigat­ions are ongoing.

Some youths in Sokoto had on Thursday, stormed the palace of Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and demanded the arrest of Sani.

The youths who were armed with placards, among which read “We are calling on the Sultanate Council to take the necessary measure against the perpetrato­r” and “Isma’il, must die” among others stormed the palace around 5p.m.

They were, however, denied entry by armed policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer of Marina Police Station, Chief Superinten­dent M Y Maru.

Maru, while addressing them, pleaded for calm, saying the suspect was under detention at the Criminal Investigat­ion Department of the state command

“We have arrested the suspect. He is currently under detention at the CID office and I can lead your leaders to the headquarte­r to confirm,” he said

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