Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Police Rescue Lagos Chemist From Being Lynched By Angry Hausa Youths For Alleged Blasphemy

Chaos erupted on Sunday in the Ketu area of Lagos State after some Hausa youths seized a chemist, identified as Emmanuel Emeka. The angered youths were ready to lynch Emeka if not for the intervention of policemen from the Ketu Police Division who brought the situation under control. The victim allegedly wrote a blasphemous word on a magazine, which triggered the anger of the youths. However, the police took custody of the victim to save his life.

The Hausa youths mobilised to destroy the victim’s shop, but were prevented by the policemen, who were deployed in the area.

An eyewitness said, "It happened around 9pm on Sunday. The issue could have led to a bloody fight between Christians and Muslims in Ketu, but for the police. What happened was that the man wrote something on a magazine which the Hausa youths said was blasphemous. When other Hausa men saw it, they became angry and seized him. Some of his friends tried to rescue him and that almost started a fight. The police were alerted and they responded quickly and doused the rising tension."

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident. She also confirmed that Emeka was in police custody. 

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