Police claim ‘only two people were killed’ in Kano’s violence

Channels Television  
Updated November 23, 2012

The Kano State Police Command has stated that “only two people were killed” in the religious violence that gripped the ancient town of Bichi in Kano state on Thursday.

A statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Magaji Musa Majiya confirmed the incident on Friday claiming that “Only two people were killed, eight shops and a house were burnt during the protest while two others sustained injury.”

The civil disturbance erupted in Bichi Local Government Area on Thursday, when an Igbo man was accused of blasphemy on the cloth sewed by the tailor and some residents went on rampage and this reportedly led to the death of four people.

15 shops and one church were also alleged to have been razed down.

Meanwhile, the command claimed that 22 suspects were arrested as normalcy has been restored at Bichi town, adding that “residents are going about their normal businesses without any hindrance as patrol has been intensified.”

“The command will not relent in its effort to investigate the root of the inferno and whoever is involved will be arrested and be made to face the wrath of the law accordingly” stated the police spokesperson.

“People are therefore called to continue to live in peace and pay due respect to each other’s way of life without any form of provocation” the statement concluded.