A major religious crisis was averted in Lagos State as some Muslim Hausa youths descended on a Christian man in the Ketu area of Lagos State over allegations that he wrote a blasphemous word on a magazine.
The victim identified as Emmanuel Emeka, was almost lynched by the enraged youths until some officials of Lagos State Police Command arrived the scene and rescued him.
According to Punch, the angry youths mobilised to destroy the Chemist shop belonging to the victim but were prevented by the policemen, who were deployed in the area.
A source said: “It happened around 9pm on Sunday. The issue could have led to a bloody fight between Christians and Muslims in Ketu, but for the police.
“What happened was that the man wrote something on a magazine which the Hausa youths said was blasphemous. When other Hausa men saw it, they became angry and seized him.
“Some of his friends tried to rescue him and that almost started a fight. The police were alerted and they responded quickly and doused the rising tension.”
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the victim is currently in their custody for security purposes, adding that the situation has been put under control.
She said: “The Lagos State Police Command averted what could have been a religious crisis between the Igbo community and the Hausa Muslim community due to the timely intervention of its operatives.
“At about 9.05pm, the Ketu division received a distress call that a boy was about to be lynched by some youths because he wrote blasphemous words on their magazine.
“The boy was rescued and kept in protective custody. His chemist shop was secured from destruction. Everywhere is calm as the police have intensified patrol in the area after successfully calming frayed nerves.”
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