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Youth Burn Down Church in Katsina State

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Abuja — POLICE have reportedly shot and seriously injured a youngster as youth ran rampage and burnt down a Catholic Church and part of a school in Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State.

In what was reportedly sparked by religious tensions, the youths also set tyres ablaze in the middle of major roads while traffic was diverted to keep the crisis from escalating.

CAJ News learnt the youths’ action was as result of an alleged use of words and names that were inciting to Islam.

According to sources, a youth corps member serving with Ideal International Nursery and Primary School, Tudun Wada, had set the examinations for pupils.

The examination, it was learnt, had questions that bordered on religion with one of the questions reportedly mentioning the names of Prophet Muhammed and his mother.

However, the school decided to cancel the examination due to the sensitive nature of the questions.

It is reported efforts were made to ensure the issue did not get to public attention.

However, the issue was said to have leaked to the public, which incited the youths who threatened to burn down the school.

Security and police thwarted the youth.

The angered youth went on a rampage into town, burning tyres, molesting people and burning the church.

The State Police Commissioner, Muhammed Hurdi, confirmed the incidents.

He said normalcy had returned to the area while security had been beefed up.

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