Security operatives avert fresh violence in Kaduna as El-Rufai tightens security

Shi'ite procession from Kaduna to Zaria

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has called on the people of the state to remain peaceful and law-abiding.

An official statement issued Tuesday by the state government also urged the people of the state to calmly go about their normal activities.

In the statement, Samuel Aruwan, the spokesperson for Governor El-Rufai, said “a situation of calm prevails in the state, with security agencies maintaining a vigilant stance”.

“Zaria is peaceful and quiet,” the statement said. “Today, an attempt to breach the peace in a part of Kaduna was swiftly contained. Soldiers and other security agents will remain on patrol overnight in Tudun Wada district in Kaduna to ensure the maintenance of order.

“Citizens are assured of state protection. All residents of the state are requested to promote harmony and peaceful relations, avoid panic and shun rumours,” the statement said.

A resident of Kawo area of Kaduna state, Hassan Sani, who spoke to our reporter, applauded the effort of the state governor in dispersing more security operatives to man volatile and vulnerable areas of the state.

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“El-Rufai is a proactive governor and what he did today was very great of him,” Mr. Sani said. “The state was not in good mood since the Shi’ite vs soldiers clash and with this call and effort by the state governor, we will all not worry again.”

Kaduna had remained tensed since Saturday when a detachment of the Nigerian Army clashed with members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria in their enclave in Zaria.

The clash left several members of the Islamic Movemen dead and many others injured.

The Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that 60 bodies had been deposited at the hospital.

A source also told the paper that the figure exceeded 100, while the Shiites said hundreds, perhaps over a thousand, of its members were killed.

The Nigerian Army confirmed it arrested the leader of the group, Ibrahim El-Zazaky, and his wife.
An image circulated on social media Tuesday, purports to show a bloodied Mr. El-Zakzaky looking frail and tortured.

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