A woman trader was allegedly mobbed to death by irate religious fanatics in Kano for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Mohammed.
The victim was, according to report, accused of blasphemy, during a religious argument at Wambai market.
Report also revealed that the woman, who sells plastics at the local market, was in the company of her husband when she was murdered.
The Public Relations Officer of the Kano Police Command, DSP Musa Magaji, while reacting to the case, confirmed the incident, stating that there was a religious disagreement between the deceased and some traders at the market square.
‘’The woman was said to have blasphemed Prophet Mohammed, which did not go down well with the mob,” DSP Magaji said, stressing that the ensuing argument between her and some persons eventually led to irate youths assaulting and murdering her.
He also confirmed that the victim was in the company of her husband when the incident happened, but the timely intervention of the police saved the husband, who was immediately whisked away to safety.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls that a similar incident had occurred in December 1996, when a Christian Igbo trader, Mr. Gideon Akaluka, was beheaded by muslim youths in Kano. According to the report, Mr. Akaluka’s wife was said to have torn a piece of the Islamic holy book. But some muslim youths in the city went after the husband, who ran into a police station.
Also, in March 2010, one Mrs. Oluwatoyin Oluwaseesin was attacked and murdered by students of Government Day Secondary School Gandu in Gombe State for allegedly desecrating the Koran.
Mrs Oluwaseesin was alleged to have desecrated the Koran when, as an invigilator, she collected a bag from a female student and dumped it on the floor subsequent upon which the student raised alarm accusing her of desecrating the holy book.
Mob action resulted as irate students set her car ablaze, later they seized her, stripped her naked, stabbed her to death and burnt her corpse. They later dumped the remains at the back of her burning car.
The students went on to raze down three classes, the school’s administrative block, library, and the clinic. They also attacked and injured the school principal who tried to shield the woman during the rampage.