According to him, those killed were Muslims. He also promised to ensure that the killers will be brought to book. Recall that the Zamfara killings started when a student of Abdu Gusau Polytechnic and seven others were killed on Monday for alleged blasphemy against Islam. A mob set fire to the house of a man who tried to rescue the student.
Here's what the Governor said shortly after meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, yesterday;
“From the intelligence I had from the security agencies, there was a fight between two students and I think one of them injured the other and started shouting that the other person abused Prophet Muhammad. Other students came and beat up the other boy who is Yoruba from Kogi State. Some people are saying he was a Muslim and some say the boy was a Christian. They beat the student until he collapsed and thought he was dead. Continue...
“Then security personnel requested help from one shop owner who then took the boy to the hospital in his car. When the students heard that the boy was still alive and in the hospital, they went to the hospital. But the boy was rescued by soldiers in the hospital.
“Then the students went back to the polytechnic and burnt down the shop of the person who gave his car to rescue the boy.
“They went back to town again and, as you know, the police in the division don’t have enough men to contain the riot and before reinforcement came, the crowd threw tyre in the man’s house and burnt down the house.
“That was how everybody in the house was killed and all the people killed in the House were Muslims and not like the rumours going around in the social media that Christians are being killed in Zamfara.
“In fact, the mob wanted to go and burn churches and attack non-Muslims but the security forces stopped them. It’s my home town and that’s where I live.”
The governor said no arrest had been made at the time he left the state for Abuja. The police and the Department of State Service (DSS), he said, were investigating the incident.