Catholic Church Suspends Masses in Sokoto State | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Reverend Mathew Hassan Kukah, announced the suspension of Masses in the state after two parishes were attacked by a mob on Saturday.

Kukah said masses will not hold until the curfew declared by Governor Aminu Tambuwal is lifted.

The Sokoto state government declared a curfew on Saturday following the violent protest that broke out by some Muslims demanding the release of those arrested by police in connection with the horrific killing and burning of Deborah Samuel for alleged blasphemy.

He also confirmed the destruction of Holy Family Catholic Cathedral, where windows were smashed, and Bishop Lawton’s Secretariat, where a community bus parked on the premises was vandalized.

Reports said a team of conscripted riot police at the scene managed to disperse the protesters to prevent further damage.

“They were quickly dispersed by a team of mobile police before they could do any further damage,” the statement said.

“The thugs also attacked the Bakhita Center located along Aliyu Jodi Road and set fire to a bus in the premises.”

Kukah commended the state government and security forces for their swift action in curbing the violent activities of protesters.

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