Curfew declared in Nigerian city after deadly sectarian violence


This was contained in a statement issued to the press and signed by the governor's image maker, Samuel Aruwan.

At least 55 people were confirmed killed in the fresh violence. "Residents are advised to comply by this directive", Kaduna state's governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said on Twitter.

Kaduna State Commissioner of Police Ahmad Abdur-Rahman on Saturday said that the Thursday killings in the Kasuwan Magani area followed a clash between two communities, which he did not name.

The Kaduna state government imposed a 24-hour curfew on Sunday after violence broke out on the streets of the state's capital city, also called Kaduna.

Aruwan said the 24-hour curfew on Kaduna metropolis and environs was a preemptive measure to avert breakdown of law and order.

Gunshots were also heard in places such as Ahmadu Bello way.

"The Police Special Intervention Forces will be working in synergy with the Kaduna State Police Command to ensure that peace and normalcy are restored and sustained in Kasuwar Magani and its environs".

Majority 45% respondents on the website applauded the president's decision, while 43% of the respondents condemned.

The IGP, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said 22 persons found to have been directly involved in the mayhem were also in police custody.

Sectarian violence sparked by a spat at a market has left 55 people dead in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

The police spokesman revealed that the team would embark on operations that would cover the entire Kasuwar Magani and environs, as well as other trouble spots in the state.

He enjoined traditional rulers, religious leaders, politicians, parents and guardians to support the police in the discharge of their responsibilities.