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Bishop Kukah Suspends Catholic Masses In Sokoto As Protest, Attack & Destruction Arise Over Death Of Girl Killed For Blasphemy


The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto identified as Matthew Kukah has announced the suspension of the church masses in the state till further notice.

This is coming after the Sokoto state governor, Tambuwal imposed a 24-hours curfew in the state over the protest demanding the release of the arrested suspects linked to the death of Deborah Yakubu who was lynched for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed.

The development was made known through a statement approved by the Diocese’s Director of the Directorate of Social Communication identified as Reverend Father Christopher A. Omotasho which partly reads;

 “During the protest, groups of youths led by some adults in the background attacked the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral at Bello Way, destroying church glass windows, those of the Bishop Lawton Secretariat and vandalizing a community bus parked within the premises.

“St. Kevins Catholic Church Gidan Dere, Eastern By-pass, was also attacked and partly burnt; windows of the new hospital complex under construction, in the same premises, were shattered.

“The hoodlums also attacked the Bakhita Centre located along Aliyu Jodi Road and burnt down a bus within the premises.”

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