By John Shiklam in Kaduna
Barely a week after 74-year old Bridget Agbahime was murdered in Kano for alleged blasphemy, a carpenter, Mr. Francis Emmanuel, was attacked in Kakuri area of Kaduna metropolis by some Muslim boys for not fasting.
The incident which almost claimed the life of Emmanuel happened at Sokoto Road, Kakuri on Tuesday at about 2:30pm and was rushed to the St. Gerald Catholic Hospital, Kakuri for medical treatment.
Emmanuel was badly injured during the incident, sustaining deep machete cuts on various parts of his body.
The 41-year old man, who spoke with journalists on his sick bed in severe pains from the attack, said he was taking his lunch when the boys numbering about six descended on him on the grounds that he was not fasting.
“I went to buy wood to do some work. When I came back I bought food to eat. As I was eating about six Hausa boys came and asked me whether I am a Muslim or a christian. I did not answer them. They asked why am I not fasting? I told them that I am not a Muslim.
“Before I knew it, one of them slapped me. As I stood up, the rest came and surrounded me and started attacking me with knives. I don’t know them. Nobody could come to my aid because of the type of dangerous knives they were carrying.
“They used cutlasses scissors and knives on me. I became unconscious, I don’t even know who brought me to the hospital,” he said.
Further details later