The security agencies in Kaduna have arrested 18 persons, suspected to have been involved in the unrest in Kabala West and Ungwan Muazu, who will soon be charged to court.
A statement by Samuel Aruwan, the spokesperson to Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, confirmed the arrests, saying the hoodlums around were picked up following reports of threats to law and order, and that security patrols in the affected areas are continuing.
The statement dismissed stories circulating on social media that the crisis has escalated to other parts of Kaduna town leading to the killing of a few person and others injured, warning peddlers of the rumors to desist.
Mr. Aruwan also announced that the state government sent a high-powered delegation to mediate between Kabala West and Ungwan Mu’azu communities.
The delegation, which comprised the Acting Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim Sani, the Special Adviser on Internal Security and Mr. Aruwan, met with the leaderships of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), youth leaders, security agencies and traditional rulers of the two communities.
“At the end of the meeting, the two sides unanimously agreed that all those responsible for the unrest should be fished out and brought to justice,” the statement said. “The delegation also commended all residents of the communities that collaborated with security agencies in containing the unrest that could have degenerated beyond the two communities.”
It added that the meeting resolved that all communities will be proactive in reporting any suspicious movements or activities to security agencies, and that it is illegal to resort to self-help or
any act that amounts to taking the law into their hands.