9 Confirmed Dead as Christian Vs Muslim Youths Clash Over Girlfriends In Kaduna


Nine people have been feared dead, with several houses razed
following a clash over girlfriends between Christian and Muslim
youths at Kasuwan Magani area of Kaduna on Monday.
The crisis reportedly which started at about 10 a.m on Monday left
churches, mosque and shops razed down. The State police
spokesman, Aliyu Mukhtar, who confirmed the incident told
NewsTelegraph that it has been brought under control and police
was taking inventory of damages that occurred during the clash.
“The situation has been brought under control. We got a distress
call this morning and the Commissioner of Police directed the
Assistant Commissioner of Police operations to move to the area.
As I talk to you now, the ACP is already there” he said.
There are two stories however, on what led to the crisis in the
area. One version of the story claimed that Christians and Muslims
were at logger heads for some time now in the area over Christian
girls, who were dating Muslims boys and Muslim girls who were
dating Christian boys.
However an eyewitness told NewsTelegraph correspondent, that a
Christian girl was abducted and forcefully converted to Islam, and
taken to the residence of the Sarkin (Chief of) Kasuwan Magani.
However, the locals mobilized themselves to rescue the girl, a
development that angered the Muslim youths who turned up to
counter the move.
A Christian youth also resident in the area who did not want his
name in print, alleged that Muslims were abducting Christian girls
and converting them to Islam, and that was what the crisis was all
The Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned
the attack, called on the relevant security agencies to ensure the
prosecution of the culprits. The Kaduna government said, it its
statement, that “security agencies must investigate this
unfortunate incident, arrest and make available for prosecution the


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