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Breaking: Violence looms as Shi’ites ‘take over’ Kaduna

There is currently tension in parts of Kaduna state as a result of protest staged by member of the Shi’ia sect. Abdullahi Riko, who resides in the Tudun Wada area of the state, told TheCable that the protesters are demanding the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky, their leader.

Riko said banks, offices and other business places have been closed, with people taking cover. “The protesters are out in their numbers. From Tudun Wada to Ahmadu Bello Way and other parts of the city,” he said. “Most people have remained indoors for fear of trouble.

Some of them are armed and they have been chanting while marching. “The military men are just miles away from them and we pray that they do not clash again.”

But Abdullahi Umaru, a corps member serving in the state, said the disturbances were only in some parts of the city. “I am at Kao new extension and no problem here. Everyone is going about their duties peacefully,” he said.

Efforts to reach Zubairu  Abubakar, police spokesman in the state, were unsuccessful, as his phone line was out of reach and the response to the text message sent is being awaited. Earlier in the day, a picture of Zakzaky soaked in blood went viral on social media.

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