Nigeria: Muslim mob beats man to death over alleged blasphemy

As we have seen so often in Pakistan, the mere allegation is enough to enflame the mob. Proof is not needed.

“Mob Beats Butcher To Death Over Alleged Blasphemy In Nigeria’s Sokoto State,”  A butcher identified as Usman Buda has been killed in Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.

According to Daily Trust, the butcher allegedly made the comment during an argument with another trader at the Sokoto main Abattoir around 8 am on Sunday.

“Our leaders made a fruitless attempt to save him but they could not contain the crowd. They initially rescued him and hid him before they were overpowered.

“He was beaten to death by his fellow butchers. His corpse was later taken away by the police,” an eyewitness told Daily Trust.

Another account said some of Buda’s closest business partners who attempted to rescue him sustained injuries and “are currently receiving treatment at the hospital”.

The deceased reportedly hailed from Tambuwal local government area but resided at Gidan Igwe in Sokoto North local government area.

He sold cow entrails at the Sokoto Fish and Vegetables Market. One of his neighbours identified as Malam Yusuf described his death as painful. “Usman is my immediate neighbour. He is very religious; in fact, he belonged to Izala sect. We prayed and attended Tafsir together at primary board quarters. There is no way he could make such a statement against the Holy Prophet.

“There must be a reason behind his murder because he is very popular in his business of selling cow entrails and was envied by many of his colleagues,” he said….

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