Update on Kaduna Stabbing: Community, family trade words over authenticity of victim’s claim
//Segun Ayobami, Kaduna//
Following the alleged stabbing of one Emmanuel Francis for eating during fasting last week in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria, people of his immediate community, Kakuri in Kaduna South LGA of Kaduna State and the family of the victim, Monday traded words over the authenticity of Emmanuel claims.
It would be recalled that the allegation attracted worldly condemnation with prominent Nigerians including the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai paid him a visit at St Gerald Hospital where Emmanuel Francis, a carpenter is receiving treatment.
Addressing a Press Conference in Kaduna, the community denied that the victim was never attacked because he was not fasting, but as a result fight that ensued between and his friends.
Garkuwan Kakuri, Rabiu Ahmed, who spoke on behalf of the community said Francis fought with his Muslim friends following a disagreement at a joint.
“This issue is a case of quarrel that ensued between some young men from Makera community and Iboyi (Francis Emmanuel) who is from Kakuri. All the parties are not responsible people in the society.”
“The group came and entered a roadside drinking joint along Sokoto by Gora junction. The group were said to have come looking for their brother but could not find him,” Ahmed said.
But in a swift reaction, Francis’ elder brother, Paul, said the press conference was staged managed because of religion.
Paul said the District head has been making efforts to discredit the true story of what happen in Kakuri adding that, “the District head was at the hospital and made efforts to discredit the story using one Nasiru Abubakar. But they have failed.
“When my brother was brought to the hospital by a good samaritan, a civilian JTF, Steven Godwin Sunday, he was unconscious and the medical personnel who treated him testify that he was not under alcoholism. All there plans have failed because my younger brother is a responsible person with a hand work. We have reported the matter to security agencies,” Paul said.
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