- Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Diocese of Sokoto has debunked viral reports that his residence in Sokoto State was set on fire
- The minister who that announced the suspension of Catholic masses in Sokoto, however, confirmed that two of the parishes set on fire
- Kukah’s parishes were attacked by some crooks who opposed protesting the arrest of two suspects involved in the killing of Deborah Samuel for alleged blasphemy
Sokoko – The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan-Kukah, has suspended all Masses in the Sokoto metropolitan area.
This was contained in a statement on Saturday, May 14, signed by the director for Social Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Reverend Father Christopher Omotosho, The Punch, ber
Protest in Sokoto: Kukah’s residence was not attacked
Meanwhile, Omotoshodie debunked reports claiming that Kukah’s residence was attacked, according to TheCable.
He did, however, confirm that some rampaging crooks vandalized and set ablaze two of the parishes under the fiery preacher’s presidency.
The statement read:
“The Sokoto state government has imposed a 24-hour curfew to contain ongoing protests by Muslim youth in the state capital today attacked.
“During the protest, groups of youths, led by some adults in the background, attacked the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral on Bello Way, smashing stained glass windows. Bishop Lawton’s secretariat was also attacked and one on the premises parked community bus destroyed.
“St. Kevin’s Gidan Dere Catholic Church, Eastern Bypass, was also attacked and partially burned; Windows of the new hospital complex under construction on the same premises were smashed.
“They were promptly driven away by a team of mobile police before they could do any further damage.
“The gangsters also attacked attacked the Bakhita Center along Aliyu Jodi Road and burned down a bus on the premises.”
How the Sokoto riots began
On Thursday, April 12 On May 11, Deborah Samuel, a 200-level home economics student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, was murdered for alleged blasphemy.
Kukah responded, describing the murder as criminal and demanding the authorities to ensure that “those guilty of this inhuman act, whatever their motivation, are punished in accordance with the applicable laws of our country.”
Police said late er, two suspects have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Deborah, who was on the Sc school building for alleged blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
The school board had indefinitely Time closed.
Bishop Kukah commends the security forces
Bishop Kukah commended the security forces for promptly responding to the opportunity to stop further damage to the to prevent church establishments.
The bishop added that no lives were lost in the attacks.
He appealed Christians to remain law-abiding and to pray for the return of normalcy.
“All the crowds in Metropolis Sokoto has been suspended pending curfew lifting,” the statement added.
Blasphemy: Buhari speaks about killing of Sokoto students and calls for investigation
Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of Deborah by her schoolmates in Sokoto state.
In a statement issued on Friday , the 13 Sident condemned the mob action and ordered an investigation into the incident.
“President @MBuhari strongly condemns the mob in Sokoto resorting to self-help resulting in violence, destruction and killing of a female student second year of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, Deborah Samuel leads an allegation that she blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the Prophet of Islam, on Thursday,” the statement said in part.