Nigeria: A man burned alive by an angry mob in Abuja

Nigeria: A man burned alive by an angry mob in Abuja


A man was burned alive by an angry Muslim mob on Saturday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, after a dispute with a cleric who mobilized his followers against the victim. According to a statement from Abuja police, the tragedy took place in the Lugbe district after a 30-year-old guard, Ahmad Usman, “clashed with a Muslim religious leader”.

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.

A stoned Christian student

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 northern Bauchi State following a “blasphemous message posted on social media,” according to local police.

The violence took place a few days later the stoning to death of Deborah Samuel, a Christian student from the northern city of Sokoto by a crowd of young Muslims at the university, who accused her of sending an 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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