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13 Churches, Houses Torched in Fresh Crisis

This Day, Nigeria
Nov. 21, 2003
Yakubu Musa • Sunday November 23, 2003

No fewer than 13 Churches and many houses have been torched in Kazaure Local Government Area of Jigawa State, following the outbreak of religious crisis in the ancient town.

The crisis, which erupted Tuesday evening has, however, been put under control following the quick intervention of the Emir of Kazaure, Dr. Najeeb Husseini, and the efforts of anti-riot policemen deployed to the scene.

THISDAY gathered that the arson was as a result of an alleged blamsphemy against Prophet Mohammed, (PBUH), by a female student of Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Kazaure, during a heated argument with her colleagues.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 1, Mr. K.Z Dudari, said that the blasphemy Prophet Muhammed was just part of the remote cause of the crisis which happened a month ago.

The police chief, who briefed newsmen yesterday noted that the incident was triggered off by an existing misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians in the ancient town.

He, however, pointed out that there had been an uneasy calm in the area since the incident but however said that a Muslim religious activist went to the school and demanded for the result of investigation of the allegation.

He further explained that the arson did not take place in the school as police were promptly deployed to the school premises, which invariably led to a rally by he Muslims in the town.

Speaking further, Dudari, noted that the town was relatively peaceful and that the police are making efforts to ensure that it did not escalate to other areas.

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