In the Katangan region of Warji Local Government Area in Bauchi State, furious youths who went on the rampage over supposed blasphemy allegedly assaulted a pastor and burned down many houses.
As of the time of reporting this article, details about the occurrence were still unclear.
Our correspondent learned that the trouble began after a post was purportedly circulated on social media accusing a Christian lady in the community of blasphemy against Islam.
According to the Punch, the lady was said to have shared a video on social media in which a convert spoke about the Prophet of Islam.
The lady in question is a government worker, originally from Gombe, but married in Warji local government area in Bauchi state.
Muslim youths went in search of the woman after Juma’at prayers on Friday, May 20. When they didn’t find her, they went on a rampage, destroying properties belonging to Christians in the Katangan area of Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
A source, who spoke to our correspondent confirmed the incident, saying, “Yes, the incident is true. It is an aftermath of the incident of alleged blasphemy that happened in Sokoto last week.
“But Christian youths and others resisted and repelled them, but that was after they had burnt down a shop attached to the church. Many houses were burnt down by the rampaging youths.
“In the process, one of the pastors of the ECWA church was seriously wounded; as I speak to you now, efforts are on to save his life.”
One of the leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the state also confirmed the incident to journalists in a telephone interview.
He said that the Commissioner of Police in the state and the Senior Special Assistant to the Bauchi State Governor on Christian Religious Affairs are aware.
He called on the Christian community in the state not to allow the situation to degenerate.
Efforts to get a confirmation on the incident from the Bauchi State Police Command proved abortive.
Several calls put through to the Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, were neither picked nor returned as of the time of filing this report.