Kaduna elders avert major religious clash

A major degeneration of the Kaduna crisis was on Monday averted by local elders and the JTF in the Barnawa area of the city, shortly after the curfew was lifted.

Trouble started after the body of a Muslim commercial motorcycle (okada rider), from the Barnawa – area, was discovered at the boundary between the community and Narayi, a Christian dominated neighbourhood.

After the body was discovered by buddies, it was subsequently buried in the cemetery. Angry youth, who attended the funeral, marched in protest, up in arms, and spoiling for war, towards the Narayi community believing the rider was killed by the Narayi community after the curfew was lifted.

Elders of the community quickly intervened, restraining the irate youth from proceeding to engage the neighbouring community in war.

The effort of the elders was bolstered by the prompt arrival of the Joint Task Force who dispelled the youth with several aerial shots.

Hassan Adamu, a community leader in Barnawa who joined in the burial of the body, said the rider was apparently killed in the flash riots that engulfed the city the previous day.

“Armed with that fact, we were able to calm the youths,” Mr Adamu told PREMIUM TIMES.

Christians, had the previous day, risen in arms to attack Muslims in the state, in response to three bomb attacks on worshiping christians earlier that day.

Up to 11 people were killed in the reprisal attacks. The state governor subsequently imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state, now divided along religious lines.


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