In Kasuwan Magani, a town in Kurajuru 36km away from Kaduna Metropolis in Nigeria, there has been a conflict between Christians and Muslims over a girl which has resulted in an uncontrollable violence and destruction of properties by the youths of these two religions.
The crisis began on Monday when a Christian female allegedly engaged to a Muslim man decided to convert to Islam, this angered the youths of the predominantly Christian settlement.
The Commissioner of Police in the Kaduna state has promised the general public to arrest all those involved in the uprising of the conflict.
Also, Major-General Mohammed Mohammed, General Officer Commanding I Division of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna and the entire national security has expressed shock seeing how the level of destruction has reached.
He expressed, “It is unfortunate. As we can see, the level of destruction is very high, some people were killed and properties were destroyed. This is not what we wish for our state, Kaduna.”
He continued,“Let me say that we will not leave any stone unturned in investigating the remote and immediate causes of this problem. We will talk to the stakeholders here and try to find out what the problem is and through civil problem-solving approach and conflict resolution, we will deal with that.”
“We will also look at the criminal aspect of it. So far, we have arrested 18 people we suspect were involved in the crisis. We are working round the clock to ensure that we get to the root of the matter.
“We have recovered a number of dangerous items, including petrol bombs. We believe this is a planned thing and we will get to the root of the matter. We will do a thorough investigation to ensure that it does not happen again.”
He revealed that the Police department had the alert two weeks ago and took the necessary steps to arrest some people. “The most important thing to us is, when was it reported to us? Travelling from Kaduna to this place takes about forty minutes. We needed to prepare and mobilize our men. Police officers are not like items sitting on the shelves of supermarkets.
“We needed to bring people from other places. We took necessary steps to check the crisis. We brought in military reinforcement, Civil Defence and Police reinforcement,” he said.