BY AMOS TAUNA, KADUNA – Security agencies in Kaduna State have arrested 18 persons suspected to be involved in the unrest in Kabala-west and Ungwan Mu’azu areas of the State.
The hoodlums were arrested around the two communities, following reports of threat to law and order by security patrols in the areas.
Samuel Aruwan, spokesperson to Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, who confirmed the arrests, disclosed that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.
The government also refuted stories making the rounds on social media that the crisis has escalated to other parts of Kaduna town, leading to the killing of some persons with others injured, even as it urged those peddling rumours and false stories to desist from such forthwith.
Forefront learnt that worried by the crisis, the state government has already sent a high powered delegation to mediate between Kabala West and Ungwan Mu’azu communities.
The delegation, led by Acting Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim Sani, included the Special Adviser on Internal Security to the Governor and Samuel Aruwan, Special Assistant, Media and Publicity.
The delegation met with the leaderships of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), youth leaders, security agencies and traditional rulers of the two communities.
At the end of the meeting, the two sides unanimously agreed that all those responsible for the unrest should be fished out and brought to justice.
The delegation also commended all residents of the communities that collaborated with security agencies in containing the unrest that could have degenerated beyond the two communities.
The meeting resolved that all communities would be proactive in reporting any suspicious movements or activities to security agencies, and that it is illegal to resort to self-help or any act that amounts to taking the law into their hands.