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‘They didn’t burn my house’ – Bishop Kukah speaks on Sokoto’s riot

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  They didn t burn my house Bishop Kukah speaks on Sokoto s riot

Matthew Kukah, Catholic bishop of Sokoto diocese, has debunked the viral posts on social media that his residence has been set on fire in Sokoto state.

On Saturday, some rioters had taken over major roads in Sokoto over the arrest of the suspected killers of Deborah Samuel, a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.

A mob killed Deborah over alleged blasphemy on Thursday.

Some social media users have shared different posts, including videos and pictures, allegedly from the unrest in the state.

READ ALSO : Deborah Samuel buried amid tears

Catholic Broadcast Commission, Nigeria, a Facebook page with over 90,000 followers, made a post earlier in the day that Kukah’s house has been set ablaze by the rioters.

“Carnage in Sokoto today: Aftermath of violent protest in Sokoto today. Holy Family Catholic Cathedral, Bishop Kukah’s house and Catholic Pastoral Centre which were built with over N1 billion naira have been burnt down by hoodlums who are protesting the arrest of those who murdered Miss Deborah Yakubu,” the post read.

The post had generated over 460 comments, 400 shares and 560 likes.

Other Facebook groups and users have circulated the post, while some claimed Kukah was under attack.

When TheCable reached out to Kukah on phone, he said his residence in the state was not torched by the rioters.

“No, they did not burn my residence,” he told TheCable on phone.

Meanwhile, the rampaging rioters torched and vandalised at least two parishes presided over by  Bishop Kukah.

The Director, Social Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Rev. Fr Christopher Omotosho, confirmed the development in a telephone chat with newsmen.

According to Omotosho, the rioters burnt the gatehouse of one of the church buildings and set a bus ablaze in the compound. He added that the second affected church was vandalised by the hoodlums.

Omotosho gave the names of the two churches as Holy Family Cathedral on Bello Way and St Kelvin Gidan Dere, Eastern Bypass.

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