A group of Islamic extremists on Sunday killed a butcher, Usman Buda, for alleged blasphemy in Sokoto State.
Ahmad Rufai, Sokoto police spokesperson, confirmed the killing on Sunday evening.
He said, “We got a distress call in the morning around 9:20 a.m. that a mob attacked one person by name Usman Buda, at Abattoir in Sokoto,” Mr Rufai said. “They alleged him to have insulted prophet Mohammed (SWAT).
“On reaching the scene, people there took to their heels leaving him in bloodshed, seriously injured. We rescued him and took him to hospital. Unfortunately, later in the day he passed away.”
The police spokesperson further said they have commenced investigations to apprehend the killers of Mr Buda.
Condemning the murder, Amnesty International charged the Nigerian government to investigate the matter.
“Amnesty International strongly condemns the killing of Usman Buda today at a market in Sokoto over alleged blasphemy. Nigerian authorities must immediately investigate this horrifying incident and ensure that those suspected of being responsible are brought to justice,” the human rights organisation said in a tweet.
Recall that on 12th of May 2022, a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel was gruesomely killed by her fellow students who accused her of blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.