Zamfara blasphemy killings: Eight dead victims are ‘suspects’ – Police

Police armed for protest

The Zamfara State Police Command said it had identified 14 persons as masterminds and perpetrators of the August 22, Talata-Mafara crisis which claimed eight lives.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Muhammad Shehu, on Wednesday in Gusau.

Crisis broke out at the Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara, on August 22, following a fight between two male students which turned religious and led to the death of eight persons.

One of the students was accused of blaspheming the Prophet of Islam.

According to the police statement, the eight persons that died during the crisis were among the suspects that were discovered in the course of police investigation.

It said that Bashir Adamu from Kuryan Madaro of Kauran Namoda Local Government Area of the state had been arrested and charged to court over his involvement in the crisis.

Similarly, another person who sustained injuries during the disturbance was undergoing treatment at the hospital after which he would also be charged to court.

The statement said, that the police had spread its dragnet to arrest those on the run and bring them to book.

The command warned that anyone found disturbing the peaceful coexistence among the people in the state would face the full wrath of the law. (NAN)

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  • the truth

    This has to be fuji house of commotion. It seems our institutions are still stuck in the 20’s

  • Nigeria4u

    Incompetent Buhari has taken us backwards after deceiving Nigerians

  • T-Rex

    Naija Police!

  • Pius Ani

    The dead has gone from victims to suspects . shame on the police and those involved in this cover-up .

  • Rominiyis

    8 victims unidentified or unnamed purposely have now become suspects for being roasted to death in their own home! I smell injustice and cover up. The heinous offense is taking of human lives in most gruesome ways imaginable. How then could the victims be suspects? Where are the families of the victims? Their silence is also unusual. No wonder this crime is becoming regular because they always get away with it. Those who may want to cover it up should remember human memory is long and everything done is not hidden.