Security agencies in Kaduna said they have arrested 18 persons suspected to have been involved in the unrest that erupted in kaduna at the weekend. No fewer than 3 persons have lost their lives, with scores injured and property worth millions of naira destroyed.

     

Witnesses said the clashes took place in the Kabala West Nariya and Ungwan Mu’azu communities, and almost degenerated into a religious crisis between Christians and Muslims.

“Christian youth are attacking Muslims where they are more, and Muslims doing so in areas they are more. Many travellers could not pass through the Eastern Bypass especially those going to Abuja and coming to pass through Kaduna to even airport,” one resident said.

A source who pleaded anonymity disclosed that, “It was in a reprisal attack to the killing of Saturday evening, that some Gwari youths murdered 3 Muslims around Kabala junction and one mosque was also demolished.”

Another source who resides within the crisis zone narrated that, “there was a fracas that emanated from an argument at a popular football viewing centre in Kabala, owing to fallout from a popular football pool called, ‘Bet Naija.’

He said, the situation, however, turned sour when, one of the viewers (Christian) was allegedly stabbed in the stomach region by a Muslim football fan and was later confirmed dead at the hospital.

The youths of the area subsequently took to the street on a killing spree, destroying property at sight.

Bello Dantsoho, acting District head of Ungwan Muazu, said, “Information reaching me from the community leaders of the area said some people wanted to take the laws into their hands when a body was discovered on Saturday night in Kabala West.

“They started destroying a mosque in the area in an attempt to generate reprisal action.

“Another body was also found yesterday (Sunday), which caused this pandemonium and trying to make it a religious crisis, which is not the cause.

“No life was lost in today’s unrest as far as we know, except for injuries when some youths tried to take advantage of what happened.

Police reinforcement sent to forestall a breakdown of law and order

“But, everything is under control now, the police and the army are doing their best to restore law and order and we are satisfied with their efforts,” he said.

He called on the youth and residents to remain calm and not to take the law into hands.

Samuel Aruwan, spokesperson to Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufa’i confirmed the arrests. He disclosed that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigations were concluded.
Meanwhile, Governor el-Rufa’i also refuted stories making the round on social media that the crisis had escalated to other parts of Kaduna town leading to the killing of a few persons and others injured while advising those peddling false stories to desist from such.