…as Kukah hails govt and security operatives
…all Catholic Church masses suspended until curfew is lifted
he Directorate of Social Communications of the Sokoto Catholic Diocese has confirmed that a few churches in the troubled state were attacked by Muslim youths on rampage.
TheNewsGuru.com, (TNG) recalls that on Saturday, Muslim youths clamouring for the release of two suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Deborah Yakubu last Saturday went on rampage in Sokoto destroying properties belonging to Christians.
TNG reports that the Catholic Diocese in Sokoto via a statement issued and signed by the Director of Social Communications, Rev Christopher Omotosho gave updates on development in the state.
Omotosho in the statement explained that:”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 vandalized a community bus parked within the premises. St. Kevin’s 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
“They were promptly dispersed by a team of Mobile Policemen before they could do further damage.
“The hoodlums also attacked the Bakhita Centre located along Aliyu Jodi Road
and burnt down a bus within the premises.
“In a reaction, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend Matthew
Hassan Kukah commended the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu
Tambuwal for acting promptly by declaring the 24-hour curfew to stem the
“He also commended the security forces for promptly rising to the occasion to
prevent further damage at our facilities.
In all, no life was lost.
“Contrary to information in circulation, we wish to disclaim that there was an
attack of any sort on the residence of Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah.
“The Bishop appeals to Christians to remain law abiding and pray for the return of normalcy.