4 November 2012

Nigeria: Arms - Soldiers Conduct House-to-House Search in Kaduna

A week after the attack on St. Rita's Catholic Church in Ungwan Yero, Malali by a suicide bomber, men and officers of the Nigerian Army yesterday conducted a house-to-house search in communities around Malali area of Badarawa District of Kaduna North Local Government Area.

The search, which lasted for over three hours, according residents, started from 3:00 am.

Eight people died in the blast while dozens of others were injured.

A resident of River Road, Amgawn Yero told our correspondent that at 3:00 am he had a knock on his door, which was followed by a male voice asking him to come out or be dragged to the open.

"I peeped through the window and saw heavily armed soldiers in full combat uniforms.

"I told my wife that there was no problem that the guests were security personnel and immediately opened the main entrance for them. Two of them came in asking if there was any woman in the house, and I replied yes. They ordered that they be moved into a separate room and then commenced the search of the house. After 20 minutes they were through and moved to my neighbour's apartment," he said.

Another resident, Ibrahim Hassan of Sariki Kwaru line, Majelisa, said initially when he had the serene all over his area he became afraid so he had to call the ward head on his mobile phone. It was the ward head that gave me the assurance that there was no cause for alarm as the men were security personnel conducting house-to-house search and asked me to corporate with them," he said.

When contacted on the issue, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division Kaduna, Col. Sani Usman, said he was unaware of the raid.

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