President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly condemned the mob action that reportedly claimed the lives of at least eight people in a community called Talata-Mafara, Zamfara State.
In a message on Tuesday through his social media handle, President Buhari said he “received news of the mob killings in Zamfara with great dismay. It is barbaric and unacceptable. I assure that the law will take its course.”
He added that “under my watch, we will work to ensure that there is no place for violence in the name of religion, ethnicity, or in any guise whatsoever.”
“My prayers are with the families of the victims,” Buhari added.
An angry mob attacked a student of the Abdu Gusau Polytechnic for alleged blasphemy against Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.
The student was reportedly beaten to death when a sympathizer named Tajudeen intervened and rushed him to a hospital.
But the enraged mob then marched to Tajudeen’s house and reportedly set it on fire, killing about eight occupants of the house.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reported that the State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, joined hundreds of people to bury the deceased.
Yari then summoned an emergency Security Council meeting, vowing to bring perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice.
The Police consequently announced a 12-hour curfew in the community, from 7pm to 7am until further notice, warning that violators of the curfew would be punished.