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Police Release 34 Children, 49 Women Arrested During Zaria Shia Massacre

Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky

Tope Oshin

The Police in Kaduna released some 83 persons comprising 34 children and 49 women that were arrested and detained during the Zaria clash between the Nigerian Army and the Shi’ite movement.

A yet unclear number of Shi’ite sect members were killed and hundreds more injured in at least two of the sect’s worship sites, witnesses and a hospital source have said.

About 191 suspects were held for varying offences, including obstruction of highways, possession of weapons and attacking security agents.

The suspects were arrested pending the conclusion of ongoing investigations which might lead to charges being filed at the State High Court or the Federal High court.

According to statement by Special Assistant on Media to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Samuel Aruwan, the State Security Council, resolved to ensure adequate security measures would be put in place across the state ahead of Maulud, Christmas and New Year festivities in the State to guide against any likely breach of peace.

Aruwan said citizens were also advised to be law-abiding and report to security agencies, traditional and religious leaders and the government any threat to peace and stability of the state.


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