Scores injured in Kaduna clashes

Police reinforcement sent to forestall a breakdown of law and order
Police reinforcement sent to forestall a breakdown of law and order

Calm has returned to Kaduna after clashes early Monday left many injured, residents say.

One witness said three people were killed, but that could not be confirmed.

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

“Kaduna is a very funny state, I live in this area and we all live together (as) Muslims and Christians, but easily a small fight between friends can escalate to become a religious fight,” one resident told PREMIUM TIMES.

He said before the morning attack, three bodies were found in the affected areas, and by 5 a.m., some gangs had gathered to attack residents of opposite faith.

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

The source asked not to be named.

Samuel Aruwan, the spokesperson for Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said the situation was under control.

“The situation in Kabala West, Kaduna South Local Government Area is under control. Security operatives are on ground,” he told PREMIUM TIMES.

Police spokesperson, Aliyu Usman, did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Early Monday, residents of were seen around the Nnamdi Azikwe Way scampering for safety as police used tear gas to disperse youth who attempted to block the highway.

Police reinforcement were seen racing to the area to forestall a breakdown of law and order.

Abdulazeez Salisu, a local chief and Sarkin Aruwan Ungwan Muazu, told PREMIUM TIMES that some traders at Kabala West were attacked on their way back to their residents at Ungwan Muazu.

“I was alerted late Sunday night on phone. We tried to reach the authorities concerned to alert them of the incident.

“The Kabal West community leaders know those culprits. No action was taken against them, that’s why we have a fallout of the unrest today. But, we are satisfied with the action taken by law enforcement agants,” he said.

“We were told that three people were killed, but, we cannot ascertain the death until after investigation later in the day.”

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.

“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.

Mohammed Lawal, the village head of Kabala West, said the body discovered on Saturday night was found inside a Christian bury ground.

“What happed was that a body of a 20-year-old youth was discovered inside a Christian cemetery in Kabala West.

“Instead of the people to allow the law enforcement to investigate, they went about destroying mosques which aggravated the issue.

“This morning again, we woke up to discover a body allegedly killed last night,” he said.

He advised security agencies to call for a meeting with traditional and community leaders to jointly investigate the remote cause of the unrest.


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  • Otile

    Allah wubade

    • HAMZA

      Some crazy Muslims and Christians killing themselves for no justified reason. The law should simply and quickly catch up with them!!

    • marcos avelino

      Mr PASTOR what do you say about white KKK burning and lyinching black men for over two hundred years in the USA.

      • Otile

        Those practices are over, their members converted to Christianity and most of them are peace makers these days. I hope US will work hard to stamp out Islam in their land because people fear that the influx of Somalian, and Middle East Muslims in America is a dangerous trend which may lead to Islamic terrorism in the good land, but God forbid.

        • Aminu Ahmadu

          Surely until the 60’s blacks are still lynched. Make no mistake those rednecks has always been Christians.
          Looking and hoping to see the day a blackman will throw away sentiments and be objective.

          • Otile

            Look no further, sensible blackmen have thrown away sentiments and have become objective too.

  • Iskacountryman

    crazy christians…

    • Factsay

      Jihadist

      • Iskacountryman

        who is the one trying to burn down a mosque?

        • Factsay

          Another jihadist of different sect just like Iran and Saudi are fighting each other in Syria, Yemen etc

    • HAMZA

      Some crazy Muslims and Christians killing themselves for no justified reason. The law should simply and quickly catch up with them!!!

      • Iskacountryman

        which law?

  • HAMZA

    Some crazy Muslims and Christians killing themselves for no justified reason. The law should simply and quickly catch up with them!

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  • vay

    Reason Kaduna degenerated to this bad level is purely incompetence of El ruffai. He is a tested but rubbish personnel

    • Ola

      So when two people wake up in a Community that has been living in peace together for ages decide to fight and let it degenerate into crisis, it is the fault of a Governor?.

      Where are the people in our communities that should be the first line of engagement, Parents, Neighborhood Elders, Religious leaders, Traditional Leaders, Local Councillors, Local Government Officials etc

      All these minor disagreements or misunderstandings shouldn’t even get to the level of a Governor in the first place if everyone in society are playing their roles as it were.

      But it is not the case these days.once you suspect your neighbor is the once that took your chicken , the next thing is to go and kill his cow and then ask the president to come and settle the matter.

      • vay

        If I may ask you ola, what do you think is the function of a governor in a state? To be blowing siren and attending functions? A state become anarchy when the authority is lacking in performing their duties. It is part of where buhari too, is lacking seriously, if not for whatever reason I don’t know the whole country call Nigeria should have become an anarchy nation coz of Fulani herdsmen but thank God for God

        • Ola

          Please get down and read the history of the conflict in Kaduna, it had been ongoing for ages. El Rufai may be governor for 8 years but I can bet you the conflict will never end as long as people will rather kill each other than make peace with each other.

          El Rufai might be the Governor of the State , but he is not the one that instructed one man to go and steal another man’s cow or his chicken or whatever ignites disagreements , resulting into bloody clashes.

          Where people don’t want to embrace PEACE, let them keep killing each other and let us see who the loser is in the end.

      • vay

        When injustice becomes a law,resistance becomes a duty. It is a duty for southern kaduna people to resist injustice that as been made a law over them by El ruffai for them to get justice

  • Ashibogu

    And someone wanted Lufthansa to fly to Kaduna. For where? Kaduna will continue to degenerate until no one goes there again. Yeye people! Whether Christians or Muslims, na Yeye dey worry them all. Human life does not mean anything to them. They should all be ashamed of themselves. In this age and time they kill as if they are in Barbarian times. Dem chop belle full with Oil money. I dey vex!

  • vay

    It will never be well with El ruffai for the killing of innocents people in southern kaduna and shielding of murderous fulanis to the persecution of innocents socialist. El ruffai is a bad man and what useless El ruffai doesn’t know is,there can be no real peace without justice and the good people of southern kaduna knows that without resistance there can be no justice under the watch of evil El ruffai