About six unknown Muslim youths have allegedly attacked a carpenter, Mr. Francis Emmanuel in Kakuri area of Kaduna metropolis for not observing the ongoing Ramadan fast.
The incident, which occurred around 2.30pm Tuesday on Sokoto Road, prompted good Samaritans to rush him to the St. Gerald Catholic Hospital, Kakuri for medical treatment.
Emmanuel, who almost lost his sight, while being attacked by the religious radicals, narrated that he was taking his lunch after returning from where he went to buy planks when “about six Hausa boys” challenged why he was not observing the Ramadan.
“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 was I not fasting with them? I told them that I am not a Muslim.
“Before I knew it, one of them slapped me. As I stood up, the rest came and surrounded me and started attacking me with knives. I don’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 on me until I became unconscious, I don’t even know who brought me to the hospital,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has asked the state’s police commissioner to fish out those responsible for the dastardly act.