The Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, on Saturday suspended a trip to the United States where he was scheduled to attend a symposium on peace and security in northern Nigeria and returned to the country following Friday night’s attack on three villages in Kaura Local Government Area of the state.
The Governor who was already in the United Kingdom en-route the United States to attend the peace symposium organised by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), was billed to address the conference on the security challenges in the North and Kaduna State in particular.
However, he returned to Nigeria on receiving the sad news that some hoodlums have attacked villages in Kaduna and killed many innocent citizens.
The Governor departed Nigeria Friday morning and returned on Saturday without attending the peace conference after he got the news of the attack.
Governors of states in the north that are faced with challenges of insecurity were expected to attend the peace conference as well as lawmakers and investors from the US and Europe.
The aim of the conference according to the governor’s spokesman, Ahmed Maiyaki is to seek collaborative solutions to improving security as well as economic development of the North.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has carried out an assessment of the communities affected and victims with a view to commencing the process of providing relief to persons displaced from their homes.
Mr Maiyaki also advised the residents to dispel rumours of a reprisal attack in some parts of the state and to remain calm and shun rumours capable of escalating tension in the state.
The advice followed mass movement of Muslims out of Sabo Tasha area of the metropolis, popularly dominated by Christians over fear of a reprisal attack against them by the angry youths of the area in relation to the Friday night’s killings in Kaura.
Religious violence has erupted in Bichi Local Government Area of Kano State and the incident has left four people dead, 15 shops and at least one church burnt and several people wounded.
This was revealed by eye witnesses who told our reporter in Kano, Idris Jibrin, that the violence erupted as a result of a communication breakdown between a non-Muslim tailor and a Muslim man over an inscription on a dress designed by the tailor.
According to some of the residents, the tailor had allegedly omitted two letters in the inscription, which signalled a change in the meaning of the inscription, and considered to be insulting to Muslims.
However, confirming the incident during a press briefing in Kano, the state capital, the State’s Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris maintained that there were no casualties in the violence and that the situation has been brought under control.