El-Rufai condemns attack on Shiites, orders arrest of perpetrators

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Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned recent attacks by residents of Tudun Wada, Kaduna, on Shiite members leading to the death of four people.

The governor also warned against mob actions on any individual or group under the any guise throughout the state.

Four members of the Shi’a sect were killed in the Tudun Wada area of Kaduna South Local Government Area when some irate youth attacked the sect, and torched the residence of its leader.

The mob also demolished the Shi’ite’s Islamic school in the area.

Kaduna State government outlawed the activities of Shiite group in the state and ordered the arrest of its spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa. 

In a statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, the governor’s spokesperson, Mr. El-Rufai said that security agencies had been directed to vigorously uphold law and order in the state, including investigating and effecting arrests of participants in mob actions which are clearly lawless and cannot be allowed to provide cover for individuals resorting to illegal self-help.

“The Government condemns in strong terms this unfortunate situation and commiserates with the affected citizens and their families, and others that lost their properties and valuables.

“The Government therefore wishes to categorically warn citizens against mob action. No one will be allowed to conduct themselves in an arbitrary manner. Impunity has no place in this state.

“There are designated agencies vested with the duty of law enforcement, and citizens cannot usurp their roles; rather it is the duty of all citizens to report infractions of the law and help to prevent or detect crime. There can be no recourse to self-help.

“Only constituted authority and security agencies have the statutory right and the constitutional mandate to enforce compliance to the law. Every resident of Kaduna State has the right to the constitutional freedoms outlined in Sections 38 and 40.”


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