Blasphemy Protest: Police arrest 6; security stepped up in Kano

Police arrested six people in Kano on Friday, after youth set fire on a sharia court scheduled to hear a case of blasphemy.

Those arrested are accomplices of Abdul Inyas, a sect leader accused of blaspheming the Prophet of Islam.

A police spokesperson, Magaji Majiya, said those arrested will be charged to court.

The police successfully quelled a violent protest that had built up early Friday, with angry youth marching to the governor’s office and the Emir’s palace.

Mr. Majiya told PREMIUM TIMES that heavily armed officers have taken over key locations in the state.

He said the police also called on Muslim leaders to educate the people on the need to maintain peace.

The sharia court, situated at Rijiyar Lemo, was razed before the man alleged to have blasphemed the prophet was brought in.

The youth held up placards condemning the statement made against Prophet Mohammed.

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​The aggrieved youths marched towards Mandawari and Dandago, and headed to the Emir of Kano’s palace. The protesting youth also blocked Kano government house in their protest.

The sect leader allegedly made the statement last week during his routine​preaching at Goron Dutse, Kano metropolis.

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