Enraged Irate youths in Bauchi State’s Warji Local Government Area have set fire to homes and businesses, injuring people over what they claim is a blasphemous message.
The youngsters “light up six houses and seven stores ablaze, while some hundreds of persons were injured as a result of a blasphemous remark posted on social media,” according to the Bauchi Police Command’s spokesperson, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil.
According to him, the remark was sent by Rhoda Jatau, a 40-year-old employee of the Warji Local Government’s Medical Department.
“The Police have subsequently deployed all Tactical Teams, Mobile Police Force, and Rapid Response Squad (RRS) whose joint efforts brought the situation under control,” Mohammed wrote in response to the incident, which he said occurred around 5:45 p.m. on Friday.
“For the time being, the neighborhood is calm, and visibility patrols are in place to maintain the peace.”
Normalcy has been restored to the affected region, according to the state’s Police Commissioner, who urged the general population to remain calm and go about their lawful business without fear of intimidation.
Normalcy has been restored in the affected area, and the police have urged to the general population to be calm and go about their lawful business without fear of intimidation.
“The Command would like to use this medium to reiterate the need for parents and guardians to maintain strict vigilance over the activities of their wards, particularly youths,” Mohammed said.
“The Commissioner of Police also urged Religious Leaders, Community Leaders, and Elders generally to always speak to youths to desist from anything that could temper with the security of their areas.”
Authorities have not yet determined the entire extent of the damage or the number of people affected.
Three individuals were shot and injured with Dane weapons, according to a source in Warji.