Nigeria's Kaduna state: 55 dead after row at market

Nigeria's Kaduna state: 55 dead after row at market

"Embracing peace is a necessity", he said.

Kaduna State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna town and environs with immediate effect.

He said the State Security Council would meet tomorrow (Tuesday) from 9:00am and based on its observations of the aftermath of the imposition of the curfew, it will re-examine the need to review the 24 hour curfew.

Samuel Aruwan, spokesman of Nasir el-Rufai, governor of the state, announced this in a statement.

The deployment, the police said, will cover communities, towns, villages, vulnerable points, government and private infrastructure and facilities in Kasuwar Magani, Kajuru Local Government Area and its environs. The police have been authorised to do everything possible to restore calm.

The decision has been taken in the best interest of the state.

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The Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris has deployed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 7, Taiwo Lakanu, to lead a police intervention force to Kaduna to ensure that normalcy return to the area.

Simon said that the church officials reported the matter to the police and the man was arrested and taken away by the police.

Muslim and Christian youths clashed after an argument in the town of Kasuwan Magani in Kaduna on Thursday.

The IGP, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said 22 persons found to have been directly involved in the mayhem were also in police custody.

A source who pleaded for anonymity said Maize thieves were caught in the market, and that argument ensued over whether the thieves were Hausa Fulani Muslim or Christians Adara youths.

NAN also reports that a similar crisis in February left more than 10 people dead in Kasuwan Magani, while 65 suspects involved in the crisis were arraigned in court but the case is still ongoing.

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