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.”