Police brace up as Muslim group in Borno declares death sentence on Christian lady for alleged blasphemy

A group of Muslim extremists in Borno State has declared death sentence on a Christian lady identified as Naomi Goni, for alleged blasphemy and insulting Islam Prophet Muhammad in a Facebook post.

This threat is coming barely one week after the gruesome lynching of a 200 level female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Deborah Samuel, who was beaten and burnt to death by her colleagues for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad in a WhatsApp voice note.

The extremist group, which threatened to kill Goni on Monday, vowed that if the Borno State government does not do anything, they would have no option than to take the laws into their hands and dish out the punishment, which is death on the lady.

While issuing the threat on Facebook, a leader of the extremist group, Tanko Izge, was emphatic that the punishment for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad is death, therefore, the lady must die.

Writing in Hausa, Izge said:

“A message to Government of Borno State. Akwai wata yarinya me suna Naomi Goni wanda tayi batanci ga manzo Allah wanda hakan a musulunci kisa ne hukunci Ko da soho ne koda musulmi ne ya kafurta.

“Dan haka muna kira ga gwamnatin Borno tayi gaggawan daukan mataki inhar ba haka ba kuma mu musulmai baza muyi bacci ba kuma zamu dauka da kanmu.”

Izge’s message translated to English language reads:

“There is a girl named Naomi Goni who insulted the Messenger of Allah (SAW) and in Islam it is a death sentence even if it is a Muslim.

“We therefore call on the Borno State Government to take immediate action or else we Muslims will not sleep and we will take action.”

Further reports, however, say the lady has denied making the post, saying her social media account was hacked by unknown persons who may have posted the offensive content.

Meanwhile, the police spokesman in Borno State, ASP Sani Kamilu, who confirmed the death threats, said the police have moved in swiftly and taken Goni into protective custody, adding that they will do everything possible to protect her, and avoid a breakdown of law and order in the State.

– Media Report

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