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Published On: Thu, Apr 9th, 2020

Seven people arrested over bloody JTF /Traders clash in Kaduna

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From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

Kaduna State Police Command has arrested seven people in connection with the Civilian Joint Taskforce /Traders clash in Trikania Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State that led to the death of five people.
The Police Public Relation Officer of the Command ASP Mohammed Jalige disclosed this while speaking to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
Jalige further said investigation has already commenced in the matter.
Speaking on the genesis of the matter, he said that the traders rather than return to their various homes after they were initially dispersed by the police, moved to Trikania to continue their business.
Jalige explained that the traders later had a bloody clash with the Civilian JTF members when they also attempted to disperse them from the market, and in the process led to the loss of lives with many injured.
It will be recalled that a clash between operatives of Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) and some youth in Tirkania community, a suburb of Kaduna over enforcement of the stay at home order of the state government turned bloody.
It was gathered that the JTF officials Monday tried enforcing the lockdown order at a local market in the area when the fight occurred.
A source, Alhaji Nuhu Mohammed Marafan Nasarawa, disclosed that “the crisis started between the youth and JTF before the police came in trying to enforce the stay-at-home order.”
The source added that they thought things were over when the JTF officials left the scene, only for them to return and accompanied by the police.
“The Policemen from Kakuri dispersed the aggrieved youth with teargas. Later, we heard shots, live bullets as some youth threw stones at the police.
“Yes, four of our boys were killed and we have buried them. We have 10 others who sustained gunshots injuries, seven are in critical condition as we speak. I called on the Army and other community leaders to calm the angry youth, who had vowed to take revenge against the police,” he said.

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