Kakuri, in Kaduna South Local Government Area, when a 41-year-old
carpenter, Mr. Francis Emmanuel Francis, almost lost his right eye on
Tuesday following an attack on him by Muslim youths for not observing
the Ramadan fast.
74-year-old, Mrs Bridget Agbahime, was murdered in Kano for allegedly
blaspheming Prophet Mohammed.
carpenter courted trouble for himself when he was spotted by some Muslim
boys in the Sokoto Road area of Kakuri, at about 2.30pm, eating when
others were supposed to be observing the fast. This drew the ire of the
youth who started beating him.
was given the beating of his life and subsequently rushed to the St.
Gerard Catholic Hospital, where he is currently receiving medical
his hospital bed, Emmanuel said he was taking his launch when the boys,
numbering about six, descended on him on the grounds that he was not
work. When I came back, I bought food to eat. As I was eating, about six
Hausa boys came and asked me whether I was a Muslim or a Christian. I
did not answer them. They asked me why I was not fasting. I told them
that I am not a Muslim.
me. As I stood up, the rest came and surrounded me and started attacking
me with knives. I didn’t know them. Nobody could come to my aid because
of the type of dangerous knives they were carrying.