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Kaduna releases Zaria mayhem suspects

23 December 2015, 18:00

Abuja - The Kaduna State said adequate security measures would be put in place ahead of the festive season to prevent a recurrence of deadly violence.

Samuel Aruwan, Special Assistant to the State Governor on Media and Publicity, said this as the state’s police command released 83 suspects that were arrested during the Zaria clash between the Nigerian Army and the Shiites movement.

Aruwan, Governor Nasiri el-Rufai, said security measures had put in place across the state for the Maulud, Christmas and New Year festivities.

Citizens have since been were advised to continue to be law abiding and report to security agencies, traditional and religious leaders as well as the government any threat to peace and stability of the state.

“Residents of Gyellesu in Zaria Local Government area of the State that fled their homes following the unfortunate incident on the 12th December,

2015 are encouraged to return to their homes, as security agencies have been permanently stationed in the community to provide adequate security for citizens residing in the area,” Aruwan said.

Also read: Ex-militants threaten mayhem over unpaid allowances

He added that citizens, whose properties or belongings were abandoned on the streets, including vehicles, motorcycles and other properties were advised to retrieve their properties upon identification and proof of ownership.

He added that the State Security Council had deliberated on recent events in the State following briefings received from all security agencies operating in the state, the Kaduna State Security Council unanimously resolved.

More than 190 suspects have been arraigned for various offences, including obstruction of highways, possession of weapons and attacking  security agents.

“The suspects have been placed on remand pending the conclusion of ongoing investigations which may lead to charges being filed at the State High Court or the Federal High court,” Aruwan said.

While the Shiite sect is insisting that no fewer than 800 bodies of its members were killed, official figures suggest the casualty toll is 60.

Sect members went on a rampage recently to protest the arrest of Muslim leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky. 




- CAJ News

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