Mob kills man accused of blasphemy in Sokoto 

An irate mob in Sokoto  Sunday killed a butcher, Usman Buda, after he was accused of making blasphemous comments against Prophet Muhammad.

The incident occurred at the Sokoto metropolis abbatoir around 10:00 am.

A witness, who only gave his name as Aliyu, said over the phone that Mr. Buda made blasphemous comment and repeated it three times when confronted by some of the people present.

“My brother was at the abattoir when it occurred. When Usman insulted the Prophet, some people said he had mental issues, but most of those around him, who were his business friends, said he was never known to have any mental issues.

“Some young men challenged Usman (Mr Buda) to withdraw his statement, but he insisted he would not. He even repeated it thrice. That was when they started beating him,” Aliyu said.

The witness, however, did not say the blasphemous statement Buda was accused of making.

The Sokoto state Police command confirmed the killing in a statement by its spokesperson, Ahmad Rufai.

He said the command received information on the incident and quickly swung into action.

“On 25th June 2023 at about 0955hrs, a distress call was received at about 0920hrs that one Usman Buda ‘M’ of Gwandu LGA a Butcher at Sokoto Abbatoir allegedly blasphemed the holy prophet Muhammad (SAW); as a result, he was mobbed and attacked by some Muslims faithful and inflicted Serious injuries on him.

“Upon receiving the information, the Commissioner of Police, Area Commander Metro and DPO Kwanni led

a team of policemen and all other operational commanders to the scene,” he said.

Mr Rufai said the command had begun an investigation into the incident. (Premium Times)