Nigeria's Kaduna state: 55 dead after row at market

Blanche Robertson
October 21, 2018

A similar fracas, which occurred in the same Kasuwan Magani in February between Christians and Muslims, led to the killing of 15 people while property and other valuables worth millions of naira were destroyed.

Later, friends of the suspect, mostly Christians, staged a reprisal on the Muslim youth.

The President, who received Tijjaniyya Shura Council at the Presidential Villa, said the government continues to review its interventions and projections on security and the economy, with the hope of bringing peace and improved economy to all.

He noted that the timely imposition of curfew by the Kaduna State Government also helped to douse tension in the area.

The violence followed a dispute in a market on Thursday, the presidency added. "The frequent resort to bloodshed by Nigerians over misunderstandings that can be resolved peacefully, is worrisome", said a statement issued by Buhari's spokesman, Garba Shehu.

Without harmony between different groups, "our everyday businesses would be impossible to achieve", the president said.

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"Violence can not be an alternative to peace. Embracing peace is a necessity", he said.

Police patrol northern Nigerian state of Kaduna where fifty-five people were killed in communal violence.

The Kaduna State Government has imposed a 24 hour curfew on the Kasuwan Magani community.

"As of last night, more than a dozen houses have been burnt while four people were killed", Busu Aikhomu, a resident in the area, told Anadolu Agency.

A total of 65 people alleged to have been involved in the February crisis were arraigned in court but the case is still pending.

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