- Suspected hoodlums have reportedly launched an attack on the Muslim community in Enugu state
- Two mosques and other properties were reportedly destroyed in Nsukka local government area of the southeast state
- The police in the state, however, said they are not aware of the attacks but pledged to launch investigations
Some hoodlums have reportedly attacked the Muslim communities in Nsukka local government area of Enugu state, destroying properties and two mosques in the process.
A report by Daily Nigerian indicates that an anonymous source told BBC Hausa service on Monday, November 2, that the altercation started when a Muslim woman selling tomato took Keke Napep from a village market to her shop in the town.
According to the source, the woman and the Keke Napep driver got into an argument over her transport fare, resulting in the destruction and burning of properties belonging to Muslims in the area.
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Speaking, one of the leaders of northerners in the area, Muhammad Adam Yusuf said:
“Most of us northerners are now in hiding in police custody, while many have already travelled to their states.
“Most shops belonging to our people including mine have been burgled and our wares carted away. Many have been wounded though none is reported dead so far.
“In fact, more than 90% of Hausas have emigrated, the few of us are now hiding in police custody."
The leader of Nsukka Muslim community, Alhaji Sani Ugwuanyi also told BBC Hausa that a Muslim primary school was also destructed.
The spokesperson of the police command in Enugu state, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said the force was not aware of the attacks but promised that investigations will be conducted.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has condemned attacks on Muslim places of worship in Enugu and other states in Igboland.
The group's director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, made the condemnation in a statement on Monday, November 2, saying that an Islamic school in Ebonyi state has also received threats of an impending invasion.
He also alleged that 11 Muslims were killed during the #EndSARS protests in Port Harcourt and Orlu while the Orlu Central Mosque was completely destroyed.
In another report, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), on Thursday, October 29, confirmed the death of at least 21 persons who were involved in a ghastly auto crash along the old Enugu-Okigwe road.
The FRSC sector commander in Enugu state, Ogbonnaya Kalu, revealed that the tragedy involved a vehicle and a 608 Mercedes Benz bus conveying school children and their teachers back home from school.
Kalu further disclosed that the school bus had 64 occupants, which included 61 students, two teachers and a driver.
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