22 March 2011

Nigeria: Bombs - Eight Killed in Jos

Photo: Vanguard
A woman wailing over the killings in Dogon Na Hauwa village in Jos.

Jos/Kaduna — Following the Sunday bomb explosions targeted at some local churches in Jos, the Plateau State capital, a free for all became the order of the day in Farin Gada between natives and Hausa-Fulani settlers around Tomato Market, where about eight people were killed and several others sustained various degrees of wounds.

LEADERSHIP investigations revealed that the fight was ignited Sunday night with the death of one unnamed Christian at the troubled neighboured around 9.45am by persons yet to be identified.

It was gathered that when the family of the deceased boy discovered the killing of their family member, they raised an alarm that generated tension within the segregated neighbourhood throughout.

As early as 9.am of yesterday, sporadic gun shots were heard in the neigbourhood of Farin Gada in Jos North local government council of the state.

Immediately, soldiers of the Special Military Task Force (STF) had to be drafted to the scene of the fracas to keep peace and maintain law and order.

This development brought business activities to a halt as at noon yesterday, as people were forced to remain indoors while armed soldiers in vans patrolled the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, at least five supporters of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) were feared dead in Jos, the Plateau State capital as the party's presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, addressed a rally yesterday in that town.

Our correspondent who was at the rally reported that two dead bodies were seen on JD Gomwalk way, opposite the Nigerian Standard building, lying face down in a gutter. The corpses seemed to be young men within the ages of 18 and 20.

Three other corpses were seen along Ola Maternity Hospital between Enugu Road and Masalaci Juma'a Street in the state capital. The rally was held against police advice.

Addressing supporters at the rally, Buhari said that change in the country was inevitable because the situation had degenerated to a level where insecurity, hunger, cheating and all forms of criminality had become the hallmark of existence, while the citizens of the country were left in the hands of selfish and corrupt leaders.

Buhari assured Nigerians that when elected as the president of this country, the problem of power outage would be a thing of the past while the education sector, health, water as well as economic sectors would be improved upon considerably, even as he added that his administration would improve the security situation in the country.

"I will make security of life of ordinary citizens of this country, especially Plateau State, paramount. I will restore peace in the state, I was a General Officer Commanding (GOC) here, I know the state and I know the policy to adopt, so we will make changes in this country".

Responding, Governor Jonah Jang cautioned politicians in the country to always call their supporters to order, in order to have a good atmosphere while campaigning or carrying out their rallies.

Meanwhile, no fewer than 15 people who were suspected to be miscreants were arrested by the police for causing havoc in different parts of Zaria during the CPC presidential campaign rally in the ancient city of Zaria, Kaduna State, on Sunday.

Confirming their arrest, the Kaduna State police public relations officer, DSP Aminu Lawan, said that those arrested were not part of the CPC people who went for the rally but miscreants taking advantage of the rally to assault innocent citizens going about their legitimate activities in Zaria and environs.

He said the police were alerted to the issue as soon as those involved had embarked on their nefarious activities, adding that "the police went into action and brought the situation under control."

LEADERSHIP however gathered that some of those arrested were said to have beaten up people and vandalised cars, even as they recklessly drove on motorbikes and commuters buses resulting into many people sustaining various injuries.

The alleged CPC supporters who were cheering up the Presidential candidate, who was in Zaria to flag off his presidential campaign ahead of the April 2011 Presidential poll, blocked the zaria major road and caused heavy traffic.

Some of the miscreants were reported to be carrying dangerous weapons such as machetes and heavy sticks, smashing windscreens of cars whose drivers or passengers refused to comply by chanting Buhari muke so - "Buhari is our choice."

LEADERSHIP also gathered that the Emir's palace in Zaria on Sunday witnessed a mass turmoil as alleged supporters of the Congress for Progressive Change candidate, Muhammad Buhari, stormed the palace of Alhaji Shehu Idris.

The large crowd accused the Emir of Zazzau, Dr. Shehu Idris of receiving N500 million from the Goodluck Jonathan campaign to buy up the support of other Emirs in the north for the incubent president and called for his removal.

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