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Weekly Trust - - News - An­drew Agbese, Maryam Ah­madu-Suka & Mo­hammed Yaba, Kaduna Cause of the may­hem

The Kaduna State gov­ern­ment ear­lier Wed­nes­day yielded to ap­peals to lift the 24-hour cur­few im­posed Sun­day af­ter a fresh break­down of law and or­der in the cap­i­tal and other towns.

But by Fri­day morn­ing, as res­i­dents pre­pared to step out, ten­sion re­turned as news fil­tered in that the Agom Adara, Dr. Mai­wada Gal­adima, who was ear­lier ab­ducted with his wife, Mrs. Vic­to­ria Gal­adima, penul­ti­mate Fri­day, had been killed by his ab­duc­tors.

The news shook the state as hopes had built up that the tra­di­tional ruler would re­gain free­dom fol­low­ing the re­lease of his wife on Sun­day and the pay­ment of ran­som to his ab­duc­tors.

Early yes­ter­day, a body which was later iden­ti­fied as his was found in a bush around Ka­teri and taken to the mor­tu­ary of St. Ger­ald Hos­pi­tal, Kakuri, Kaduna.

In Kachia where the palace of the tra­di­tional ruler is lo­cated, our cor­re­spon­dents learnt that peo­ple started gath­er­ing to dis­cuss the mat­ter as the youths be­came ag­i­tated over the killing. The panic spread to towns and com­mu­ni­ties in be­tween Kachia and Kaduna.

In places like Ka­suwan Ma­gani and Marara­ban Rido, those who came out early for their busi­nesses sens­ing dan­ger, quickly locked their shops and ran back home. Some were not very lucky. A man in suit was stoned to death around the Leven­tis Round about on Ah­madu Bello way, many pas­sen­gers com­ing from Abuja were at­tacked along the by-pass, forced to come down from their ve­hi­cles and robbed of their be­long­ings.

A leader of the Adara youths who does not want to be named said the cri­sis started when a young man iden­ti­fied as Hausa was try­ing take what did not be­long to him and when at­tempts were made to ar­rest him, he raised an alarm and some Hausa youths tried to stop his ar­rest which re­sulted in a free for all that en­gulfed the whole town.

“He took some things in a wheel bar­row and when he was caught, his broth­ers tried to save him,” the youth leader said. A Hausa trader at Ka­suwan Ma­gani who gave his name as Malam Ril­wanu how­ever has a slightly dif­fer­ent ver­sion.

He said it started with a fight be­tween two wheel­bar­row push­ers in the mar­ket who he said were both Adara youths.

“Later, one of them ran into the mar­ket and cre­ated con­fu­sion. Many traders in the mar­ket ran away leav­ing their goods be­hind. When I saw the con­fu­sion I de­cided to pack my goods and leave the mar­ket be­fore things got out of hand,” he said.

Some how­ever said the last week Thurs­day in­ci­dent started when some shop own­ers tried to pre­vent some Hausa traders from putting their wares in front of their shops.

By the time sol­diers and other se­cu­rity per­son­nel were drafted to Ka­suwan Ma­gani in the evening of that day, no less than 55 peo­ple had died.

Many thought that with the high ca­su­alty rate and with the high pres­ence of se­cu­rity per­son­nel, nor­malcy had been re­stored.

Three days later and on Sun­day, the state cap­i­tal was in an­other round of chaos.

The Sun­day cri­sis was said to have been due to ru­mours that the ab­ducted tra­di­tional ruler had been killed. It turned out that when his wife was re­leased by their ab­duc­tors and his peo­ple did not see him, it was taken that he had been killed. Ab­duc­tors of the Agom Adara had to al­low him speak with his daugh­ter be­fore it was con­firmed that he was alive.

Malam Ril­wan who was at Ku­jama on Sun­day how­ever said the cri­sis oc­curred when sol­diers were try­ing to ar­rest a cer­tain youth said to have par­tic­i­pated in Thurs­day’s cri­sis.

“The JTF at Ku­jama were pa­trolling the mar­ket to main­tain law and or­der. Dur­ing their pa­trol, they sighted one of the boys that par­tic­i­pated in the Ka­suwar Ma­gani cri­sis. When they saw him mak­ing call they de­cided to ar­rest him but he tried to es­cape.

“When traders saw him run­ning away from the JTF some peo­ple started run­ning and shout­ing that they had started fight­ing,” he said.

Passers-by were at­tacked at Sabon Tasha and Kawo ar­eas while youths in places like Hayin Bello, Narayi, Tudun Wanda, Ka­bala West and Ka­balla Doki took to the streets with weapons.

Sev­eral cars were burnt at Sabon Tasha and around Jos and Kano roads by Ah­madu Bello Way.

A cor­re­spon­dent of Na­garta Ra­dio, Kaduna, Joy Odor, was stabbed in the arm on Sun­day. Odor said she es­caped be­ing killed by the will of God Almighty.

She said, “I was in a com­mer­cial bus around 5pm on Sun­day on my way to Mando along Ali Ak­ilu Road when we no­ticed a large crowd of youths car­ry­ing knives and dag­gers run­ning to­wards the road close to Kawo branch of First Bank.

“Im­me­di­ately the driver of the bus stopped, the youths opened the door and started stab­bing peo­ple, they stabbed two peo­ple in the front seat and threw them on the floor, then they moved to the sec­ond seat where I was.

“One of them tried to stab me re­peat­edly, but I kept dodg­ing his knife and that was when an­other one who had gone around stabbed me on my arm from the win­dow. The pain forced me to drop my Tecno tablet and the one who tried to stab me from the car grabbed it.”

“While they were in our bus, an­other bus ap­proached the spot and the youths pounced on the oc­cu­pants, tak­ing their at­ten­tion away from us, that was when our driver sped off into the Dalet bar­racks in Kawo where we got help and our wounds were treated.”

Even af­ter the im­po­si­tion of the cur­few, the state cap­i­tal re­mained tense as at Mon­day morn­ing when it was re­ported that three youths were ab­ducted by some men in se­cu­rity uni­form and later killed.

The sit­u­a­tion re­mained tense in ar­eas like Kawo New Ex­ten­sion, An­guwan Dosa, Badarawa, Malali, An­guwan Rimi, Narayi and the Nnamdi Azikiwe Ex­press Way.

An­other round of panic yes­ter­day fol­lowed the im­po­si­tion of cur­few in cen­tral and south­ern parts of the state up to Kachia. Though the cur­few had helped to keep peo­ple in­doors, the mood has gen­er­ally been that of anger fu­eled by all ru­mours.

Peo­ple com­ing from Abuja and Zaria had to turn back as they could not en­ter Kaduna.

The Kaduna State Chap­ter of Supreme Coun­cil for Shari’ah in Nige­ria urged the gov­ern­ment to con­sti­tute a com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate the cri­sis. The coun­cil in a com­mu­niqué is­sued at the end its meet­ing yes­ter­day signed by its Sec­re­tary En­gi­neer Ab­durRah­man Has­san con­demned the cri­sis and con­doled fam­i­lies of vic­tims.

“All imams should call on their fol­low­er­ship to live in peace and har­mony with their neigh­bours and cau­tion youth on drug abuse,” he said.

The South­ern Kaduna Peo­ples Union (SOKAPU) com­mis­er­ated with fam­i­lies of the dead and in­jured and prayed to God for quick heal­ing.

“We make a pas­sion­ate ap­peal to the gov­ern­ment to set up an im­par­tial probe panel to in­ves­ti­gate the Ka­suwan Ma­gani mas­sacre that led to scores of deaths and fish out the in­sti­ga­tors of the cri­sis.

“We are aware that be­reaved fam­i­lies are yet to re­ceive corpses for de­cent buri­als. We urge rel­e­vant se­cu­rity agen­cies to en­sure re­lease of the corpses to their rel­a­tives for proper burial,” said a state­ment signed by Mr. Yakubu Kuza­mani, the spokesman of the union.

Is­lamic scholar, Dr. Ah­mad Gumi, also urged res­i­dents to live in peace.

Gumi who spoke with Daily Trust said no na­tion can progress with­out peace.

“With­out peace we will con­tinue in this cy­cle of poverty and ig­no­rance. So I’m call­ing on both Mus­lims and Chris­tians to live peace­fully,” he said.

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Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing (GOC), 1 Divi­sion Nige­rian Army Kaduna, Ma­jor Gen­eral Mo­hammed Mo­hammed (2nd right), ad­dresses Kawo New ex­ten­sion com­mu­nity, lead­ers dur­ing his tour to as­sess the cri­sis in Kaduna yes­ter­day.

The news of the killing of Dr. Mai­wada Gal­adima, Agom Adara by kid­nap­pers sparked the lat­est urgy of vi­o­lence.

The 24-hour cur­few re­laxed on Thurs­day was re-or­dered by the state gov­ern­ment

Houses were torched

Cars were burnt in yes­ter­day’s cri­sis in Kaduna PHO­TOS Shehu K. Goro

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