Kano Youths Burn Down Sharia Court Over Alleged Blasphemy

Kano Youths Burn Down Sharia Court Over Alleged Blasphemy

By Seyi Peters | Staff Reporter on May 23, 2015
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Kano City street pictured in 2011 | Kano City Walls And Gate

Irate Muslim youths on Friday, May 22, 2015 exhibited lawlessness as they attempted to storm the Kano Government House as well as the palace of the Emir of Kano, Mahammad Sanusi II, to protest the alleged blasphemy of  the Prophet Mohammed by a Tijjani preacher, Abdul Nyass.

Armed with sticks and other dangerous weapons, the mob stormed the streets of Kano to express their rage over Nyass’ alleged blasphemous statements against Prophet Mohammed, reports The Punch.

They tried to gain entry into the Kano State Government House, but were prevented by security operatives, who had hectic time calming them.

With chants of “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,” meaning “God is great,” “God is great,” the youths caused a lot of chaos at the Government House for about an hour before the government officials and security agents calmed the situation. They formed a ring-like barricade to prevent the mob’s entry.

The timely intervention of Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso was said to have averted bloodshed between the protesters and security operatives at the gate. Also more police officers were immediately deployed to the scene by the state Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Idris,.

The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for State Affairs, Mr. Aminu Gwarzo, and the Commissioner for Water Resources, Dr. Yunusa Dangoni, later invited the leader of the sect, Sherriff Sani Jan-bluo, before peace was restored.

However, the irate youths were able to successfully set ablaze Nyass’ house in Gaide, Kombotso Local Government Area of the state, also burning part of the state Sharia court. This last act drew widespread condemnation across the state from prominent Tijaniyya leaders, including Shiek Dairu Bauchi, and Califa Shiek Isyaka Rabiu.

The court, located in Rijia Lemo, where the preacher was supposed to make an appearance was set ablaze by the youths after they had waited for a long time without him turning up.

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