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WHAT HAPPENED IN KADUNA TODAY? 55 killed in Kaduna’s Kasuwan Magani crisis – Police

WHAT HAPPENED IN KADUNA TODAY? 55 killed in Kaduna’s Kasuwan Magani crisis – Police

WHAT HAPPENED IN KADUNA TODAY? 55 killed in Kaduna’s Kasuwan Magani crisis – Police

The Kaduna State Police Command on Friday said 55 people were killed in Thursdays communal crisis at Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdur-Rahman, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Kaduna, said that the police had arrested 22 suspects in connection with the mayhem.

SOLACE NIGERIA reported how the Kaduna State Government on Thursday declared a 24-hour curfew on the community following the violence.

Mr Abdur-Rahman said mobile and conventional policemen, as well as a team of the state joint security Operation Yaki, dispatched to the town, had restored normalcy in the area.

According to him, he has also visited the town and engaged youth leaders, traditional and religious leaders in the efforts to stop the crisis and prevent its spread

He noted that the timely imposition of the curfew by the Kaduna State Government also helped to douse tension in the area.

The police chief assured that all perpetrators of the mayhem would be brought to book

“Anybody that has a hand in this crisis must face the full wrath of the law, we will not allow lawlessness; we remain committed to saving life and property of every citizen,” he said.

He appealed to the public to continue to live in peace and assist the command with useful information to track the perpetrators.

Also on Friday, residents of Kasuwan Magani were charged to shun violence and learn to live in peace.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai gave this admonition on Friday when he visited the community following violent clashes between rival youth groups there on Thursday.

SOLACE NIGERIA reported how the state government reacted to the disturbances by imposing a 24-hour curfew on the community.

In a statement on Friday by his spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, the governor called on the residents to live in harmony, despite the religious and ethnic diversity of their community.

Mr El-Rufai assured residents that the government will prosecute those responsible for the violence in their community.

According to the statement, the governor led a team of senior government officials to Kasuwan Magani around 4 p.m. and immediately received briefings from Mr Abdur-rahaman.

He thereafter moved around the town, accompanied by traditional and religious leaders.

Following the tour, Mr El-Rufai interacted with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) in the local government area.

“We are here to see and to listen for ourselves. We must live in peace and never use violence to solve a problem. We are not happy with this and government will pursue and punish those responsible for this devilish act,” he said.

“We must value the sanctity of life. I want to beg you to cooperate with the security agencies because prosecution of conflict entrepreneurs is inevitable. I will come back in one week time to see how things are.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a similar crisis in February left more than 10 people dead in Kasuwan Magani.

A total of 65 people alleged to have been involved in the February crisis were arraigned in court but the case is still pending.

 

 

El-Rufai imposes 24-hour curfew on Kaduna metropolis

 

Kaduna State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna town and environs with immediate effect.

The Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, stated this on Sunday in Kaduna.

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has deployed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 7, Taiwo Lakanu, to lead a Police intervention force to Kaduna to ensure that normalcy returns to the area.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 55 people were killed on Thursday, October 18 during a crisis at Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.

NAN also reports that a similar crisis in February left more than 10 people dead in Kasuwan Magani, while 65 suspects involved in the crisis were arraigned in court but the case is still ongoing.

Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, the Force Public Relations Officer, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the violence on Sunday in Abuja.

He said that the policemen deployed included four Police Mobile Force units, Counter Terrorism Unit, conventional policemen, Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team and Technical Intelligence, among others.

Moshood said that the operations would cover the entire Kasuwan Magani and its environs and other flash spots in the state.

“The intervention force will be working in cooperation with the Kaduna State Police Command to ensure that peace and normalcy return to the area.

“To achieve success, the Force will be proactive and strict in the enforcement of its mandate, Police standard operations procedures and rules of engagement,” he said.

He said that the Force would carry out a 24-hour surveillance and patrol, maintain stop-and-search, and continuous raid of identified criminal hideouts and black spots.

The spokesman said that the operation would cover communities, towns, villages, vulnerable points, government and private infrastructure.

He enjoined traditional rulers, religious leaders, politicians, parents and guardians to support the Police in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Moshood said that 22 suspects directly involved in violence have been arrested and are in Police custody assisting the Police in the investigation.

The spokesman said that some prominent personalities kidnapped during the violence have also been rescued and reunited with their families.

 

 

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