Police release 83 Shi’ite/Army clash detainees

Police release 83 Shi’ite/Army clash detainees

Mfonobong Akpan

83 suspects arrested during the Zaria clash between the Ni­gerian Army and the Shi’ite Islamic Movement have been released by the Kaduna State Police Command.

Among the released detainees are 34 juveniles and 49 women, just as about 191 suspects have also been arraigned for various offences, including obstruction of highways, possession of weapons and attacking secu­rity agents.

This was contained in a statement signed by Gov­ernor Nasir el-Rufai’s Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Samuel Aruwan. The statement said: “The suspects have been placed on remand pending the con­clusion of ongoing investigations which may lead to charges being filed at the state High Court or the Fed­eral High Court.

Residents of Gyellesu in Zaria Local Government Area who fled their homes following the unfortunate in­cident on December 12 are encouraged to return to their homes, as security agencies have been permanently sta­tioned in the community to provide adequate security for citizens residing in the area.

“Citizens whose properties or belongings were aban­doned on the streets, including vehicles, motorcycles and other properties were advised to retrieve their prop­erties upon identification and proof of ownership.”

source: sunnewsonline

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