Kaduna Vows Punishment For “Religious Blasphemy”, Falsehood

Nasir el-RufaiThe Kaduna State government has warned citizens of the state to desist from making provocative and inciting statements that could lead to breakdown of law and order in the state.

The state gave the caution after its Security Council meeting on Tuesday.

A statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, the spokesperson to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said the council addressed the recent incident at the Kawo General Hospital that threatened the peace of the state last week.

According to the statement, the council resolved that henceforth, “Anyone found fabricating allegations of religious blasphemy, whether as a basis for seeking sympathy or for any other reason, will be treated as someone out to incite violence and the breakdown of law and order in the state. Such a person will be prosecuted as prescribed in the Penal Code and other existing laws”.

The government said where there is an allegation of religious blasphemy, citizens must not also take the law into their hands.

Instead, the government advised them to report to security agencies who will promptly handle such matters, according to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, the Penal Code and other laws.

The government warned that those who take the laws into their hands would be prosecuted.

“Kaduna State Security Council wishes to reiterate its commitment to the protection of lives and property in the State. Appropriate measures will be taken against any individual, no matter his or her standing, found inciting religious, ethnic and political violence or any form of civil disturbance in the State”, the state said.

The statement also urged the citizens to redouble their efforts in alerting security agencies, and traditional and religious leaders, about all suspicious movements and activities of individuals or groups that may pose threats to the peace and stability of the State.

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