KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) – Local violence in northern Nigerian state Kaduna in recent days has killed 55 people, local police commissioner said on Sunday.
Ahmad Abdur-Rahman, in a telephone interview, said the clashes between two communities in the Kasuwan Magani area in southern Kaduna had led to 22 arrests. He did not give details about the cause of the conflict, but tensions and conflicts along ethnic lines have plagued that part of the state in recent years.
“Anyone who has a hand in this crisis must meet the full law,” said Abdur-Rahman. He said that a curfew in Kasuwan Magani forced by the state government on Thursday had helped calm the situation.
Hundreds of people have been killed this year in the outbreak of joint violence across Nigeria. Security has become an important campaign issue before the elections in February 201
9, where President Muhammadu Buhari will seek a second term.
The presidency condemned the violence in a statement issued late on Saturday. “The frequent approach to blood casting of Nigerians over peaceable deliberations is worrying,” says a statement by Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu.
Last year, troops and further police were launched in southern Kaduna in response to an outbreak of violence.
Reporting by Garba Muhammad; Further reporting by Felix Onuah in Abuja; Write by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing Raissa Kasolowsky
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