Sequel to the curfew declared by Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Mathew Hassan Kukah, has announced the suspension of masses in the state.
This followed the violent storming of two parishes by Islamic extremists on Saturday.
The Sokoto State government declared a curfew on Saturday following the violent protests that erupted by some Islamic extremists demanding the release of their colleagues arrested by the Police in alleged connection with the gruesome murder and burning of Deborah Samuel for alleged blasphemy.
He also confirmed the destruction at the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral, where the glass windows were shattered, and at Bishop Lawton Secretariat where a Community bus parked within the premises was vandalised.
According to reports, a team of anti-riot policemen drafted to the scene were able to disperse the protesters to avert further destruction of live and property.
“They were promptly dispersed by a team of mobile policemen before they could do further damage,” a statement noted.
“The hoodlums also attacked the Bakhita Centre located along Aliyu Jodi road and burnt down a bus within the premises”.
Kukah commended the state government and security forces for their prompt action in curbing the violent activities of the protesters.