Kano — Several houses and shops have reportedly been torched in a religious violence that erupted on Thursday morning in Bichi, a town several kilometers outside Kano metropolis in Kano state.
Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris told Daily Trust that police reinforcements have been dispatched to the area. Residents also say the Joint Task Force has dispatched over 40 vehicles to help quell the unrest.
At the moment, most residents have been forced indoors by tear gas which the security agents have been firing.
Eyewitnesses say trouble started when an Igbo tailor, simply called Chibuike, pronounced the Hausa name for a popular outfit - Na Annabi ya zo kauwa - wrongly. Some who heard him were said to have spread the story about that he had blasphemed and irate youths went on a rampage, setting houses and shops on fire.
The police have not confirmed any casualty yet.