The police in Kaduna have arrested 18 persons in connection with the Kaduna crisis which erupted on Monday in Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Samuel Aruwan, on Tuesday confirmed the arrest adding that the 18 persons are undergoing interrogation and the state government is strengthening security presence in the area.
Aruwan added, “Today a team from the Kaduna State Security Council visited Kasuwan Magani. The team led by General Officer Commanding, 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major-General Mohammed Mohammed, included Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar, Director of Department of State Services, Mohammed Wakili,” among others.
At least seven people were killed and 15 others persons severely injured in the violence that broke out in the affected area.
Reports say that the violence initially started as a clash between youths belonging to two different religious groups on Sunday that later resulted in the burning of houses and destruction of other valuables in the area.