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by Victor Ndubuisi

The uproar in Bauchi State over suspected blasphemy has intensified, with reports that a pastor has been seriously hurt.

Chaos erupted in the Katangan region of the Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State on Friday (yesterday), according to Anaedoonline.ng.

The disturbance is claimed to have begun after a woman named Roda Jatau allegedly shared a blasphemous video clip in a WhatsApp group primarily made up of her Muslim coworkers.

Muslim fundamentalists in the neighborhood are said to have started battles with Christians in response to the development.

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Police officers are claimed to have intervened in the dispute to keep the calm.

However, recent reports reaching Anaedoonline.ng reveal that the situation has escalated, with numerous homes being burned down.

Though there was no report of causality yet, a pastor is said to have been severely injured.

It was also reported that a shop which belongs to an ECWA Church in the area has been burnt down.

“The District Head of the area and the leaders are on top of the situation. The police have also been informed about it,” a resident told Newsmen on Saturday morning.

Confirming the incident, another resident said, “We were at home this evening when we heard shouts from some Muslim youths in their numbers who went on the rampage and besieged an ECWA Church in the area.

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“But Christian youths and others resisted and repelled them but that was after they had burnt down a shop attached to the church. Many houses were burnt down by the rampaging youths.”

According to Anaedoonline.ng, the injured pastor serving with the ECWA church is presently fighting for his life.

In a telephone discussion with journalists, one of the state’s leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria confirmed the occurrence.


He stated that the state’s Commissioner of Police and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Bauchi State on Christian Religious Affairs are both aware of the situation.

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The Christian community, on the other hand, has been warned not to let the situation spiral out of control.


Meanwhile, no official remark on the event has been issued by the State Police Command.


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