a man burned alive by an angry mob in Abuja

a man burned alive by an angry mob in Abuja


A man was burned alive by a mob of angry Muslims in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, on Saturday after a dispute with a cleric who mobilized his followers against the victim, police said. According to a statement from Abuja police, the incident took place in the Lugbe district after a 30-year-old guard, Ahmad Usman, “argued with a religious leader»Muslim.

The quarrel escalated when the monk mobilized his followers. About 200 people violently attacked Ahmad Usman before setting him on fire, police said. Calm has since returned to the neighborhood and the reasons for the conflict between the two men have not been released immediately.

Police did not say whether or not it was linked to a blasphemy case, a highly sensitive and tense issue in Africa’s most populous country, which is divided almost equally between a predominantly Christian south. a predominantly Muslim north. Blasphemy is punishable by the death penalty under sharia law, which applies in parallel to common law in several northern Nigerian states. But popular lynchings are common.

In May, a crowd set fire to homes and shops in Bauchi (northern) state following a “blasphemous message posted on social mediaAccording to local police. The violence came days after Deborah Samuel, a Christian student in the northern city of Sokoto, was stoned to death by a group of young Muslims at the university, who accused her of publishing a insulting message to the Prophet Muhammad.

Four days later, hundreds of Muslims demonstrated in the northeastern city of Maiduguri to demand the death of another Christian woman, as a result of an allegedly blasphemous online post.

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