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Bloody riot averted in Kazaure

FROM Sam Eyoboka &  Tina Akannam
Dutse—  Swift intervention of security operatives and the Emir of Kazaure Alhaji Najeeb Hussaini Adamu, yesterday averted what could have turned into a bloody riot in Kazaure town in Jigawa state, following the misunderstanding between a driver and a police traffic warders which led to the untimely death of the driver, leaving some churches torched .

Vanguard gathered that the crisis started when a Police Traffic Warder beat up a commercial Tractor Driver for allegedly violating road traffic rule, which led to his death, on lookers which were mostly youths in their thousands took to the streets heading towards the Divisional Police Headquaters in the town with the aim of  setting it ablaze, accusing the traffic warder of extra judicial killing.

Sensing the danger of allowing the youths to take the laws into their hands, the security operatives and the Emir of Kazaure intervened to avert the crisis, but before they got to the scene of the problem,  the angry mob had torched a building suspected to belong to a police officer which was located in the area where churches were concentrated in the town, leaving many churches burnt.

The emir it was gathered through out last night went round the town preaching for peace and asking people to remain calm and law abiding an action which greatly calm down the riot..

The Emir who temporarily relocated  his palace to the residence of the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the town to commiserate  with them over the incidence assured that all losses will be compensated, while the perpetrators will be made to face the wrath of the law.

He also informed the victims that  he has personally briefed the state Governor Sule Lamido and His eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and they directed him to appeal to them to be patient, as the crisis is under control.

Alhaji Najeeb then charged all residents in the area to live in peace with one another, saying that the emirate Council, the government and the police will put heads together to bring the culprits to book.

Speaking separately  Pastor Amade M.A and Reverend Father Jerome Roger Iyeh who confirmed that churches where touched by the rioters in Kazaure, condemned the crisis and called for thorough investigation over the matter.

Reverend father Iyeh however thanked the Emir of Kazaure for his fatherely intervention on the crisis, saying with a good leader like him, the crisis would have gotten even worse as innocent people would have been killed. ‘Thank God nobody died in the incidence.

“We thanked God that normalcy has returned in the town and that no life was lost during the unfortunate incident. We are assuring the emir that, we will continue to preach for peace and unity among the followers of the two major religions,” he  assured.

PFN condemns incidence
Meantime, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has again condemned yesterday’s incidence in Kazaure in Jigawa State where over eight churches were reported burnt in another round of religious crisis in the North Central state.

Reacting to the new wave of religious violence in a telephone interview, the National President of PFN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor who is currently on an evangelical mission to the US, described the latest round of uprising as the height of provocation, calling on the Federal Government to take a decisive position to arrest this orgy of madness in the name of religion.

According to the fiery preacher, for far too long the Federal Government had treated religious crises in the North with levity which has given rise to the situation we have in the country today, where every little incidence is treated as an opportunity to annihilate Christians in the North.

Pastor Oritsejafor who says he is under severe pressure from Christian youths in the country many of whom had lost parents, relations, places of worship and valuable commercial and personal property and are bent of retaliating every evil done to them.

“I have been holding these youths in accordance to the biblical injunction of turning the other cheek whenever they are under attack, but that was why I have been calling on Christians in the North to defend themselves whenever they come under attack,” he pointed out.

Angered by fresh reports of another violence in the North, just few weeks after the recent Jos crisis, Oritsejafor advised the Federal Government to prove to the world community that Nigeria is not a terrorist nation by quickly fishing out the perpetrators of all the religious uprisings in the North without any further delay.

“If we cannot fish out the brains behind these orgy of madness in parts of the North, we will continue to grapple with the situation and the more it happens the more we will continue to be in world focus as a nation harbouring fundamentalists and therefore a potential terrorist nation,” he said.

When contacted last night for his reaction, the Secretary General of CAN, Engineer Salifu Samuel said he was awaiting reports from his field men before making any categorical statement on the incident.

It will be recalled that youths in Kazuare went on the rampage burning churches in a fresh round of religious uprising in the town. As at the last count, churches belonging to the Catholic Church, Deeper Christian Life, CAC, Assemblies of God Church, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the Living Faith Church, Outreach Bible Church and Mountain of Fire have been torched.

A statement by the national youth president of PFN, Dr. Abel Damina also urged the Federal Government to do something fast to arrest incessant religious crisis in the North to avoid reprisal measures by Christian youths in the country.

“This is fast getting out of hand,” he said in a veiled threat to the nation’s authorities, adding that the world is watching every move we make here.


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