A 41- year old carpenter, Francis Emmanuel has been attacked by young men he said were Muslims for daring to eat in the afternoon while most of the people fasted.
Speaking to journalists on his hospital bed, the carpenter said, “It happened around 2:30pm at Sokoto Road, Kakuri, on Tuesday, when I went to the market to buy wood to do some work. So, when I came back, I bought food to eat. As I was eating, about six Hausa boys came to ask me if I am a Muslim or a Christian, but I did not answer them. They asked why I was not fasting, then, I told them that I am not a Muslim. Before I know it, one of them slapped me. As I stood up, the rest came and surrounded me and started attacking me with knives.”
When asked if he can identify them, he said, “I don’t know them.
“Nobody could come to my aid because of the type of knives the boys were carrying. They used cutlasses scissors and knives, I became unconscious, I don’t even know who brought me to the hospital,” he added.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai however paid him a visit on his hospital bed today, with a directive that police must fish out the perpetrators for prosecution.