Blasphemy: Suspect arrested in Sokoto for ‘insulting’ Prophet Mohammed


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A man, Isma’il Isah has been arrested in Sokoto on suspicion of blasphemy.

Isah allegedly posted a comment that was deemed blasphemous of Prophet Mohammed on his social media page after failing to get a local government job.

The alleged act caused a group of raucous, placard-carrying protesters to troop to the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Muhammad Abubakar Sa’ad III, on Thursday, to demand punishment for the suspect.

“We are calling on the Sultanate Council to take the necessary measure against the perpetrator” and “Isma’il, must die” read some of the placards wielded by the protesters, THISDAY reported.

The state Commissioner for Information, Isah Galandachi, who addressed the media on Friday quoted Governor Aminu Tambuwal as saying, “I have viewed with concern the blasphemous act by the unscrupulous person against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).”

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Galandachi said that Governor Tambuwal condemned the act in the strongest terms, “stressing that his government would not condone such acts against Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) or any other Prophet of God or His Scriptures.”

He urged the people to maintain peace and order.

He added that already the government, in collaboration with the security agencies and other relevant authorities, was taking necessary steps to ensure that appropriate measures were taken against the offender.

He noted that already the suspect had been apprehended and investigations were ongoing, consequent upon which he would be brought before a competent court of law to face justice accordingly.

Galandachi stated that Governor Tambuwal cautioned against the politicization of the issue, saying that it was time for all citizens of the state to unite on matters such as this.


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