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.


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