Monday, 26 February 2018

7 killed, 15 injured, houses burnt in Kaduna, as Christian, Muslim youths clash over girlfriends

At least seven people were killed and 15 others persons severely injured following the violence that broke out in Kasuwa Magani village in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Spokesman for the State Police Command Mr Aliyu Mukhtar, who confirmed the figure to Channels Television on Monday, also said several houses were destroyed during the crisis.
A clash was said to have erupted on Sunday between youths belonging to two different religious groups in Kasuwa Magani village.
It later snowballed into a crisis between the groups, leading to the burning of houses and destruction of other valuables in the area.
Earlier, an indigene of the area told Channels Television that the crisis was a result of a reported romantic relationship and eventual forceful conversion of some girls to a religion by some boys from another faith.
Mukhtar, however, said the police have commenced an investigation into the remote and immediate cause of the violence.
He also noted that the situation has been brought under control by security operatives who were swiftly deployed in the area.
Reacting to the incident, Governor Nasir El-Rufai directed the security agencies to ensure all persons found culpable in the crisis are brought to book.
In a statement by his spokesman Samuel Aruwan, the governor asked them to thoroughly investigate the unfortunate incident, as well as arrest and prosecute the culprits.
Governor El-Rufai also ordered the State Emergency Management Agency to take inventory of damages and provide relief materials with immediate effect.
He sympathized with the families of the deceased and injured victims while urging the people of the state to reject violence and division, but promote peace and harmony.



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