Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Police Arrest 22 Over Bichi Riot, Bandits Kill Policeman, 2 Others

The Kano State Police Command says it has arrested 22 suspects in connection with the religious crisis that erupted in Bichi town on Thursday.

A statement by the command and signed by its Public Relations Officer, ASP Magaji Musa Majia, confirmed that two persons lost their lives in the nayhem while two others sustained serious injuries. Majia said the two are recuperating in the hospital.

Majia disclosed that a residential house, seven churches,eight shops were burnt by the vandals during the crisis.

Bichi, a town located 27 kilometres from Kano on the Kano-Katsina federal highway erupted into religious crisis last Thursday following an alleged mispronunciation of a popular phrase by a non-native, whichyouths the community declared as blasphemous.

And yesterday, a gang of armed robbers struck at a popular cattle market in Wudil local government area of Kano State, killing one police officer and two civilians.

The state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, who confirmed the incident, disclosed that the robbers' operation was not successful, as they were repelled by the police.

However an eyewitness said about 15 men of the underworld stormed the market and robbed several cattle owners shortly after the Juma'at prayer.

The armed robbers however killed one police officer and two members of a vigilante group, wounded two other police officers and one member of the vigilante group.

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