Christian youths have stood to protect Muslims traders from being lynched by some Christian groups as violence has spread in Kaduna state, central Nigeria as a result of the death of about 84 people in Kasuwan Magani.

Young Christians at Refinery Junction, Sabon Tasha, a predominantly Christian community south of Kaduna, the state capital, about 15 miles from Kasuwan Magani, erupted into violence on Sunday 21 October. Angry young men  took to the streets to protest at the killing of scores of Christians in Kasuwan Magani.

An eye witness, Choko Nkut, said some of the youths “stopped (others) from lynching the Muslim traders who sell fruits at the junction. They did not just stop there, they stood to protect the properties of the Muslims until security agents arrived and the traders were handed over to the (security agents) for safety.” Nkut said, “I wish we all become our brother keepers.”

Meanwhile a source from Kaduna hospital told GovernanceNews on 21 October, that dozens of people have been killed in renewed violence as a result of the Kasuwan Magani village killings. 

“Many shops and stalls were torched down in Sabon Tasha during the Sunday violence,” Aisha said, despite the assurance by the state government to curve the spreading violence and the 24-hour curfew imposed in the state.

“The military had brought truck-loads of victims of the Sabon Tasha communal violence. Bodies were taken to the morgue while injured ones were being treated at the accident and emergency section of the hospital,” a hospital source said. 

Kaduna Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo has stated that Victoria, the wife of the traditional ruler of Adara chiefdom, Agom Adara, Maiwada Galadima, who were kidnapped on Friday by armed men after killing four people in his convoy, has been freed by the kidnappers. The driver of the monarch, Timothy, is also still being held. Victoria is said to be    Going through medical examination at Kachia General Hospital.The number of dead at the Kasuwan Magani attacks have risen from the 55 earlier announced by the government, a local source told Global Christian News.

Date published: 5/11/2018
Written by: Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Amglican Diocese of Jos
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