Further details has been obtained of the killings in the Talata Marafa town of Zamfara State, where eight residents were burnt to death by a mob suspected to be students of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic.
Reporters spoke to a resident of Talata Mafara, Salisu Mafara on Tuesday. He said trouble began when a student of the Polytechnic was accused of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.
“The young man was a Muslim before he converted to Christianity and fellow students always accused him of saying nasty things about Islam.
“However, he reportedly said terrible things about the prophet and the students around descended on him and he was seriously injured,” he said.
Mr. Mafara said another resident of the town who speaks the same language with the accused student came to his rescue.
“When they noticed that he was not moving at all, they thought he was dead, but one man who is from the same tribe with him now came and took him to hospital in his car.
“When the mob got to know what happened, they now began to rush to the General Hospital. However, that man just dropped the boy in the hospital and left.
“But before the mob could reach the hospital, another young man, who is an indigene of Mafara, but is a boyfriend to the sister of the attacked student, reached the Hospital before them and took away the injured man before the mob got there.
“When they reached the hospital and realised that the injured man was not there they came back to town and when they saw the vehicle used in taking him to the Hospital the first time, they burnt it down.
“They also went to the man’s House and burnt it down with all the occupants inside. About eight people were in the house and they all died,” he said.
Mr. Mafara also said three other persons may have died when security agents opened fire on the crowd that became uncontrollable.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the Police in the state, Mohammed Shehu said a state security council meeting was held immediately after the incident and a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed.
He also said security was heightened in the town and that everywhere was now calm.
He however, failed to confirm the burning of the house and the killing of occupants.
He said his attention was needed by the Commissioner of Police, Adoge Gabriel, and be abruptly ended the call.
Subsequent efforts to speak with him failed as he did not answer calls or respond to a text message.