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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
#BreakingNews 4 Killed and Church Burnt down in Niger due to Religious Violence
An outbreak of religious violence has occurred in Pandogari, Rafi in the area of Niger state. There has been a killing of a Christian, over alleged blasphemous comments about Prophet Mohammed on the social media. Three others were also killed. The Nigerian Army has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in the town.
Rioters embarked on violence, looting shops and blocking the Lagos - Kaduna Road, a major artery connecting the northern and southern parts of the country.
"Regrettably, one church, one house and a shop were burnt while 25 other shops were looted following the violence. Three other persons including personnel of the NSCDC also lost their lives" it said.
Continuing it said, "Some arrests have been made in connection with the violence and the suspects handed over to the police. The military and other security agencies are currently embarking on confidence building patrols in all nooks and crannies of the town.
Giving further details on the violence, Major Ugwu said, "At about 6pm on Sunday, 29 May 2016, one Mr. Methodus Chimaije Emmanuel, a 24 year old trader based in Pandogari, Rafi LGA of Niger State was attacked and killed by a mob in the town on allegation of posting a blasphemous statement about Prophet Muhammad on the social media. Edited from All Africa