Violence erupted in Kasuwa Magaini today as youths of the community engaged in squabbles that resulted in the wanton destruction of properties.
Kasuwa Magaini, a community in Kajuru Local Government Council, which is about an hour drive from the city centre, is on the way to Kafanchan with link to Plateau state, has always experienced similar incidences since the 80’s.
INDEPENDENT learnt that the community, which comprises of both Muslims and Christians, is popular for its Tuesday markets where farmers bring in their produce and wares directly from their farms to sell at lower prices. This is what made the community very popular.
A source told INDEPENDENT that the violence, which erupted today, was not unconnected with religious differences between the Christians and Muslims in the area, while some others say it was due to political differences.
However, peace has since been restored to the area as the Kaduna Police Command had drafted security operatives to the area to maintain peace and order.
INDEPENDENT sources say properties were destroyed but could not ascertain if any life was lost in the violence that lasted few hours. Vehicular traffic was interrupted as travelers coming in from Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa states had to return to safety while the incident lasted.
Some travellers who spoke with INDEPENDENT, commended the authorities for the proactive measures adopted in bringing the situation under quick control.
As at the time of filing this report, all attempts to reach the Police Public Reactions Officer, PPRO, proved abortive as his telephone line rang without any response.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has directed the prosecution of all persons responsible for the mayhem in the area.
The government said that security agencies must investigate the unfortunate incident, arrest and make available for prosecution, the perpetrators.
Samuel Aruwan, El-Rufai’s Spokesperson, disclosed this in a statement issued in Kaduna, shortly after receiving preliminary report of the mayhem.
The spokesperson explained that the government condemns the violence, and regrets the wanton destruction of lives and properties in the community.
According to him, the government has directed the State Emergency Management Agency to take inventory of damages and provide relief materials with immediate effect.
Adding that security forces have been deployed to contain the situation, protect lives and properties and to prevent any further breakdown of law and order.
The statement added that the government urges all citizens and communities to reject violence and division, and uphold their neighbours in peace and harmony.