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February 4, 2023

Sokoto: St. Bakhita Set Ablaze by Protesters

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Furious protesters have burnt down the Catholic Secretariat in Sokoto headed by Bishop Mathew Kukah,

Several protesters swarmed the streets of the state to express disapproval touching the seizure of some people responsible for the killing of a Christian student, Deborah Samuel for alleged blasphemy.

The catholic church, St Bakhita, serving as the secretariat of the diocese, located along Aliyu Jodi road was set ablaze by the angry mob. Bishop Kukah since the incident took, place strictly condemned the killing of Deborah and called for justice.

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Kukah conversely answering questions from journalists said that he was on his way out of the state when he was contacted about the mob’s doing at his church.

Looking at the outcome of Deborah’s death and the crisis following we can hereby say the above information can be tagged as inadequate, surfing through the internet has not brought forth the true happening but from what we can see a vehicle is bieng burnt by what looks like the church.

Reverent Father Christopher A. Omotasho, Director of the Directorate of Social Communication of the Diocese, said in a statement he signed “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 statement emphasized with panic that, 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 vandalized a community bus parked within the premises.

“St. Kevin’s Catholic Church Gidan Dere, Eastern By-pass, was also attacked and partly burnt; windows or

the new hospital complex under construction, in the same premises were shattered.

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

Bishop Kukah on the other hand, applauded Governor Aminu Tambuwal for acting promptly by declaring the 24-hour curfew to weaken the protests.

Applauds also went to the security forces for their sharp response which prevented further damage at our facilities.

appealing to Christians he urged them to remain law abiding and pray for the return of normalcy, just as he suspended all masses until the curfew was lifted.

President Muhammadu Buhari had condemned the killing of the student and ordered a probe of the incident.

“No person has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country. Violence has and never will solve any problem,” Buhari had said.

Bishop Kukah engaged the Ministries of Information and Culture, Police Affairs, Communications and Digital Economy to collaborate with GSM providers and Tech companies in order to contain the spread of false and inflammatory information through social media.

Tambuwal had earlier met with both Christian and Muslim religious leaders and appealed to them to saturate tension.

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