At least 55 people were killed, Thursday, October 18, in a communal crisis at Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police Ahmad Abdur-Rahman disclosed this at a press briefing in Kaduna. He said about 22 persons have so far arrested in connection with the incident.
Abdul-Rahaman said mobile and conventional policemen, as well as a team of the State joint security operatives, Operation Yaki, despatched to the town had restored normalcy in the area.
According to him, he has also visited the town and engaged youth leaders, traditional and religious leaders in the efforts to stop the crisis and prevent its spread.
He noted that the timely imposition of curfew by the Kaduna State Government also helped to douse tension in the area.
The police chief assured that all perpetrators of the mayhem would be brought to book.
“Anybody that has a hand in this crisis must face the full wrath of law, we will not allow lawlessness; we remain committed to saving lives and property of every citizens,” he said.
He appealed to the public to continue to live in peace and assist the command with useful information to track the perpetrators.
President Buhari condemned the attack. A tweet from the president’s spokesman reads,
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest communal violence in Kasuwan Magani in Kaduna State which claimed 55 lives.
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) October 20, 2018
Meanwhile, gunmen, Friday, kidnapped Mr Maiwada Galadima, the Paramount Chief of Adara Chiefdom in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State along with his wife.
Mr Ibrahim Yakubu, a son in-law to the Chief disclosed this to newsmen, adding that the Police orderly to the paramount ruler was killed in the process. Yakubu explained that the Chief and his wife were taken away while returning to Kachia from Kaduna.
“The kidnappers stopped the Chief’s vehicle at a military check point at Idon and shot his police orderly. Immediately, they took the Chief and his wife into the bush leaving behind his two drivers, his daughter and a granddaughter,” he said.
The Kaduna State police command is yet to confirm the story.