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Published On: Tue, Jan 16th, 2018

Niger: 5 killed, 28 arrested in sectarian clash

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From Yakubu Mustapha Minna

At least no fewer than five people were feared to have been killed while scores of others were injured in a clash between two Islamic sects at Guni in Munya local government area of Niger state.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that two police officers who were in the team drafted to quell the crisis sustained seriously injuries and are among those receiving treatment in a private hospital in Sarkin Pawa headquarters of the local government.
It was gathered that the clash broke out between the Darikah and Izala Islamic sects at the weekend over the timing for the observance of the Jumat prayer and decision of the Izala to have a separate prayer ground in the community.
Reports revealed that trouble started when one of the sect was against the decision of the other over the congregational prayer at 12.30 pm and tried to stop the members of the rival sect from saying the prayer that time.
The Darikah sect members were also said to have disagree with the other sect on the construction of mosque in a particular area as a result of which hostilities broke out.
According to sources, dangerous weapons including rifles, dane guns and daggers were reportedly used in the clash before the police was able to restore calm.
When contacted the Niger State command, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Mohammad Abubakar confirmed the incident added that the police have restored peace to the area.
Abubakar disclosed that investigation into the matter was ongoing adding that the suspects will be charged to court at the end of the investigations.

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