Muslim Youths Attack Carpenter For Eating During Fasting In Kaduna

A 41-year-old carpenter, Mr. Francis Emmanuel, almost lost his right eye on Tuesday following an attack on him by some Muslim youths in Kakuri, Kaduna for not observing the Ramadan fast.

An eyewitness account reported that the carpenter was spotted by some Muslim boys in the Sokoto Road area of Kakuri, at about 2.30pm, eating when Muslims were supposed to be observing the fast.

They started beating him and was later rushed to St. Gerard Catholic Hospital, where he is currently receiving medical treatment.

He was inflicted with deep machete cuts on his head, shoulders and other parts of his body during the incident.

Narrating his ordeal to journalists from his hospital bed, Emmanuel said he was taking his lunch when about 5 boys descended on him on the grounds that he was not fasting.

He explained, “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 was a Muslim or a Christian. I did not answer them. They asked me why I was not fasting. 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. I didn’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. I became unconscious; I don’t even know who brought me to the hospital.”

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