By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA – Fresh violence broke out yesterday inKaduna which forced the state government to re-impose a dusk-to-dawn curfew.
Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Alh. Mohammed Abubakar Jinjiri was about to brief newsmen on the details of last Sunday’s violence, when a Mobile Policeman and an Immigration officer in mufti, were rushed into the Kaduna State Police Headquarters covered in blood. They had deep cuts on their heads among other injuries.
They were said to have been attacked by an armed mob from Muslim dominated areas of Kaduna Central Market, while the rifle of the Policeman was taken away.
The irate youths were rioting in response to the reprisal attacks launched on Muslims by Christians in Christian inKadunaafter the bombing of two churches inZariaand one inKadunakilling about 17 worshipers last Sunday.
Not less than, 60 Muslims were killed in retaliation, from the number of corpses deposited at various hospitals.
As at 10am Tuesday, the tension in the north and south of River Kaduna that divides the city into Muslim populated North, and Christian South, was too palpable.
By 11am, thick smokes were seen covering parts of Tudun Wada, Unguwan Ma’azu and Panteka, all strong enclaves of Hausa/Fulani Muslims.
Soon, at Barnawa, Sabon Tasha and Television village, all strong holds of Kaduna Christians and natives, the youths also responded by setting up roadblocks and manhandling suspected non-Christains.
Military Helicopters were still hovering the sky at the time of filing this report.
Around 1pm, unconfirmed reports said an Igbo trader was hacked to death atEnugu Rd, Panteka.
The police commissioner who had left reporters after the start of the fresh violence, returned in his convoy around 12:30pm. He left twenty minutes later after taking more arms and men. He was clutching a rifle as he jumped into his Jeep.
He was yet to return to reporters holed up in his office.
Around 1:30pm, a statement from Rueben Buhari, the Media Assistant to Governor Patrick Yakowa said a curfew has been imposed over the entire state.
Reads the Statement: “In view of certain new security challenges that came up today and based on the need for the state government to continue with its responsibility of safeguarding the lives and properties of its citizens, the state government is herby re-imposing the 24 hours curfew in all parts ofKadunastate.
“This curfew covers all the 23 local governments of the state. As unpalatable as this decision is, the state government is doing it for the good of the state.
Consequently, everybody is advised to go back home now, while security agencies continue with the task of ensuring total peace in the state”