Zaria Massacre: Kaduna Police release 83 detainees

Shi'ite procession from Kaduna to Zaria

The Kaduna State police command has released 83 suspects arrested during the Zaria clash between the Nigerian Army and the Shiites movement.

Among the released detainees are 34 children and 49 women.

A yet unclear number of Shia sect members were killed and hundreds more injured in at least two of the sect’s worship sites, witnesses and a hospital source have said.

About 191 suspects were held for various offences, including obstruction of highways, possession of weapons and attacking security agents.

The suspects were arrested pending the conclusion of ongoing investigations which might lead to charges being filed at the State High Court or the Federal High court.

According to a statement by the spokesperson for Governor Nasiru El-Rufai, Samuel Aruwan, the State Security Council, resolved to ensure adequate security measures would be put in place across the state ahead of Maulud, Christmas and New Year festivities in the State.

Mr. Aruwan said citizens were also advised to be law-abiding and report to security agencies, traditional and religious leaders and the government any threat to peace and stability of the state.

Residents of Gyellesu in Zaria Local Government area of the State that fled their homes following the unfortunate incident on December 12 were also encouraged to return to their homes, as security agencies have been permanently stationed in the community to provide adequate security for citizens residing in the area.

Mr. Aruwan said citizens, whose properties or belongings were abandoned on the streets, including vehicles, motorcycles and other properties should retrieve their properties upon identification and proof of ownership.

Citizens running lawful businesses in the area were also advised to go about their normal businesses without any hindrance in accordance with the provisions of the law.


Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility


Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: New Discovery! Click Here To See A Miracle Device That Can Cure DIABETES, BLOOD PRESSURE, STROKE, ARTHRITIS, PAINS, OBESITY And 50 Other CHRONIC DISEASES Without Drugs Or Herbs.. Click Here Now To See It

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.