By Muazu Elazeh, Katsina
— March 31, 2014
Irate youths on Monday went on rampage and attacked two churches, St Theresa Catholic Church and Celestial Church of Christ, in Funtua town of Katsina State.
It was gathered that the youth burnt the Reverend Father’s apartment at St Theresa Catholic Church along Katsina road in Funtua Municipal.
The rampaging youths also brought out some property of Celestial Church of Christ at Tudun Malamai and set them ablaze.
Confirming the incidence to our correspondent, the spokesman of Katsina State command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Aliyu Jamilu said the youth went on rampage over alleged defamation of Prophet Muhammad.
He said “A corp member serving with a secondary school, in setting exams questions, made some reference to Muhammad and Amina. These youths felt he was trying to defame Prophet Muhammad and so went on rampage.”
The Civil Defence Spokesman also confirmed that part of a secondary school, Ideal Secondary School, where the Corps Member teaches, was also set on fire.
Our correspondent reports that tension was high in Funtua town following which security personnel including military personnel were deployed to restore order.