Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State on Wednesday narrated how eight innocent persons were killed last Monday after a false alarm of blasphemy of Prophet Mohammed was raised by a Muslim student against a Yoruba colleague.
The governor told State House correspondents that the victims were not Christians as being insinuated.
Yari, who had met behind close doors with President Muhammadu Buhari, told the newsmen that, “What happened is unnecessary and it’s not supposed to take place if not for the act of the devil”.
He explained that the intelligence he got from the security agencies indicated that a young student who was overpowered and beaten by a colleague after an argument, raised an alarm that his attacker had abused Prophet Muhhamed, which attracted a lynch mob in a violent attack that spiralled to claim eight other lives while the original victim is still recuperating in a hospital.
According to the governor, “There was a fight between two students and I think one of them injured the other and started shouting that he abused Prophet Muhammad and other students came and beat the other boy who is Yoruba and from Kogi State.
“Some people are saying he is a Muslim and some say the boy is a Christian, but they beat the student until he collapsed and thought he was dead. Security personnel requested help from one shop owner who then took the boy to the hospital in his car.
“Then the students heard that the boy is still alive and is in the hospital, so they went to the hospital. However, the boy was rescued by the army in the hospital, but I don’t know if the boy is alive or dead now.
“Then the students went back to the polytechnic and burnt the shop of the person who gave his car to rescue the boy and they came back to town again. The police in the division don’t have enough men to contain the riot. Before reinforcement came in, the crowd threw tyres into the man’s house and burned it down.