Sectarian riot rocks Kano town

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An ugly religious riot, Thursday, broke out in Bichi town, a sprawling commercial town in the northern part of Kano State, resulting in the destruction of several homes, shops and business premises as well the torching of an unspecified number of Christian places of worships in the town.

Though the exact figure of casualties could not be verified as at press time. It was, however, feared that one person was killed, while several Christians were wounded following the riot, which saw Muslim protesters took over the streets of the town.

Already, some of the wounded Christians were believed to have been rushed to the Armed Forces Specialist Hospital, Airport Road, Kano, for medical attention just as a detachment of security officers, including police and the soldiers, had been drafted to the troubled town to restore order. The rioters, it was gathered, stormed the streets and took over the town, blocking in particular the traffic flow from Kano to Katsina State in the early hours of the day.

They burnt tyres, chant religious songs and made bonfires at different spots of the town in the moment of rage. As a result of the riot, business activities in the town were grounded for the better part of the day as traders quickly shut their shops and reteated into the safety of their homes. Most Christian workers, who daily travel to Bichi town, were quickly alerted by the relatives and loved ones of the restive development and advised not to venture to their places of work in the light of the uncertainties.

An educational instructor in one of the institutions in Bichi told Daily Sun that as he was driving to work, he almost ran into the Muslim protesters, who were at a distance wreaking havoc on the property of their victims but for some Good Samaritans who kept shouting: ‘Ba hanya’ (meaning: No road), he would have been a victim.

He said some of the shops (majority of which belonged Igbo traders) situated along the highway leading to Katsina State, as well as shops on the road leading to the Federal College of Education, Bichi, were vandalized by the rioters. According to him, some of the women who took refuge at the police station, in Bichi, had similarly complained that their machines and shops were vandalized.

However, There were slightly different accounts of the cause of the early morning sectarian showdown. A version of the incident had it that two Christian brothers were caught dressed in clothes with Arabic inscriptions and writings that were perceived and understood as blasphemous of the Holy Prophet. It was gathered that the brothers were immediately attacked by aggrieved Muslim youths, which later resulted in the death of one of them, while the other ran into a police station for refuge.

Kano State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ibrahim Idris confirmed the incident and held that the police had since deployed reinforcement to the troubled spot. He explained that the disturbance was caused by a communication challenge arising from a joke between a tailor and his neighbour over a particular dress.

He pointed out that somebody, who over heard the comment of the Igbo man felt it was blasphemous of the Holy Prophet and reported it to others in the town, adding that it was this alleged blasphemous comment that triggered off the riot. The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Bishop Ransom Bello was not in the office as he was said to have travelled abroad by his aides, but a senior CAN official said at least five churches were affected. He said they were still trying to get the exact picture from the leaders of the churches in the town even as he added that Christians in the town were frightened by the incident. Activities in the state capital were normal as residents went about their businesses.

It was gathered that as at midday, information regarding the turmoil in Bichi was yet unavailable in the state capital. Meanwhile, the Kano State Security Council had placed a restriction order on the movement of motorcycles from 6pm to 6am following the incessant use of motorcycles to attack and kill persons in the state. The fresh ban followed the murder of a member of the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Abba Garko at his shop at Mariri area of the state capital on Sunday by suspects who attacked him on a motorcycle and sped away.

Kano State Police Commissioner said the enforcement of the new restriction would be applied without exception, adding that the new order was necessary considering the fact that criminals were using motorcycles to wreak havoc in the state. He recalled that the recent incidents of robberies and killings in the state which were executed by motorcyclists and called on motorcycle users to abide by the new curfew. He said checkpoints had been put in place across the state to check and arrest the violators.

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  1. The only solution to all this problem is for the igbos to start killing of those northerners in Eastern Part of Nigeria….. I think that is the only those Northerners will know that Igbos are capable of doing anything possible…

  2. Islam is big cancer to our nation. Small time now, one fool will open his smelling mouth and say, islam is peaceful

    • @ charles ezeme you are a very stupid idiot that has no respect to his parents,and even your religion you dont have respect for it bcs you dont know what you are following that is why GOD block your forsight and reasoning and it will continue blocked till you die as kafur and shege.

      • @indomitable,it is reported that this session of killing and destruction arose from a joke between a tailor and his neighbour over a particular dress, and you consider it justifiable; may God have mercy on your miserable soul

  3. Stupid, nonsense, worthless religion called islam. The religion and its adherents including their so called stupid prophet mohamed are useless. all you can do to go heaven is kill people. your prophet who taught you this is a fool forever.

    • hugo dont dear abuse the prophet of GOD else your foot will be amputated by the spirit of GOD,and let me remind you that your religion has no bases becouse even the ISA you are refering did not practice chritianity,then tell were did you get your own relogion illitrate and bastard child.

      • Indomitable, your prophet came from pit of hell, the bible never gave account of him. if you are opportune to read the original version of the koran you will agree with me that book is from the devil.

  4. Islam and its attributes are destructive, bloodletting, blaspemous and above all murderous. How many islamist nay hausaman has ever been killed in the East? We know better

    • @ wodofmouf what about isreal that are killing palastine are they muslims or is there religion islam ?,or is there prophet mohammed ?i think there religion is traditionally christians while morally they are jews.so what are your claims ?rubished bastard child.

      • no were there is this devilish religion called islam will have peace just name it…iran.irag,afghanista,pakistan,palistine,northern nigeria,northern maly,sudan,etc..you are cursed people by God because your fake prophet is an evil man idiot

  5. Wat is going on in Nigeria it means that north is powerful than east or Wat when they kill u guys kill then also don’t run a way all die an die if u guys run a way that’s means next time they will kill again but when the come u guys will kill them also next time they will not

    • @things fall apart,can you pls clear the views said by prophet ISA that he was send to isreal the children of sheaps so are you telling me that children of sheaps are worth to follow there GOD ?BCS EVEN JESUS HIMSELF HAS COURSED them and if that is the case the coursed religion is christianity.

  6. @ indomitable Are you a palatine or a Nigerian, we are talking of Nigeria and you are talking of Palestine. So your god is Palestine?
    Something is really wrong with Hausa s and there thinking.
    They reason like fools, I even blame the Igbos who go and settle in the mist of wolves.
    The idiot is defending the Palestine who is sending rockets and suicide bombers into Israel and he expect the Israelis to keep calm like the way Nigerian government does. Fools

  7. I AM NOT A MUSLIM BUT FOR US TO LIVE TOGETHER IN 9JA WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND OUR DIFFERENCES AND ALSO LEARN HOW TO RESPECT EACH OTHER’S FAITH. IF YOU KNOW WHAT IS BLASPHEMOUS TO THE OTHER FAITH YOU BETTER DONT TRY IT COS ALREADY WE KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN. SO WE BETTER STOP IT. THE MUSLIMS ARE THEIR GOD AND ALSO THEIR RELIGION SO ANY ATTEMPT ON THEM OR THEIR RELIGION IS AN ATTEMPT ON THEIR GOD. SO THE EARLIER WE OBSERVE THIS , THE BETTER . RELIGION IS A PROBLEM TO MANKIND.

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  9. stupid muslim stupid prophet mohamad or rather moha mad(becos he is really mad) senseless mohamad had succeeded in inculcating the spirit of madness to the heads of the useless and senseless illiterate muslims

  10. Indomitable i have been following your comments and get to a conclusion that your nothing but a fool.oh Indomitable your crying for Palestine for their own sins and woes,was it not Hamas of Palestine started shooting rockets in Israel before Israel retaliated or do you expect Israel to fold their hands and watch Palestine and Arab world to bring war in their door step like they did in 1964 to 1966.Indomitable wat your saying now can trigger another religious and sectarian war in Nigeria as was the case during mohammed cartoon and Indomitable i promise you that this time Housa that live all over the South East will face the full wrate of the Igbos as was the case during the mohammed cartoon reprisal attack by Anambriarians and this time around we Igbos will even match to Asaba were your Housa brethren runned to till now.So Indomitable you muslim world should live our ancestors Jews and Israel as a whole in peace

  11. Indomitable i have been following your comments and get to a conclusion that your nothing but a fool.oh Indomitable your crying for Palestine for their own sins and woes,was it not Hamas of Palestine started shooting rockets in Israel before Israel retaliated or do you expect Israel to fold their hands and watch Palestine and Arab world to bring war in their door step like they did in 1964 to 1966.Indomitable wat your saying now can trigger another religious and sectarian war in Nigeria as was the case during mohammed cartoon and Indomitable i promise you that this time Housa that live all over the South East will face the full wrate of the Igbos as was the case during the mohammed cartoon reprisal attack by Anambriarians and this time around we Igbos will even match to Asaba were your Housa brethren runned to till now.So Indomitable you muslim world should live our ancestors Jews and Israel as a whole in peace.Islam is always a cancer and a palasite

  12. Kalu J. Okafor on

    I have no pity for any Igbo who, by now, still lives in the north and is killed or his business and property destroyed. We have a homeland and must rally around to develop and industrialise our region. Other regions will come to do business with us, even beyond the shores of Nigeria.

  13. “For the Son of man is not come to destroy lives, but to save them.”LUKE 9:56,For God so loved the world ,that he gave his only begotten Son, that who ever believeth in him should not perish,but have everlasting life.John 3:16
    Message from the Saviour of the whole world and the only true prince of peace.

  14. no were there is this devilish religion called islam will have peace just name it…iran.iraq,afghanista,pakistan,palistine,northern nigeria,northern maly,sudan,etc..you are cursed people by God because your fake prophet is an evil man idiot

  15. NA WA FOR THIS COUNTRY O, CHRISTIANS VS MUSLIM, ARMY VS POLICE, POLICE VS CITIZENS, UNA GO FINSH UNASELF O.
    JUNGLE MENTALYTY

  16. My advice to all d igbos still livin in d north is ;stay away from any part of d country “expecilly d north” were u are been killed and ur properties destroyed. Return back to d east and help develop d east “igbo land”. i av said it b4 and time without number, i wont cry for any igbo man dat lost his live in the north.an igbo adage says dat “a fly dat refuse to listen to advice,end up covered in d grave wit d death cops. A word is enough for d wise.

  17. Igbos living in the North are disgracing the igbos generally. how can a very large group of people living in a very different area have no concrete plan of protection for themselves in an environment of unending attacks by urchins.
    when attacked they run home, was it at home they made their money, who did they think will fight for them they should stand and fight and not run back home. This is area where they live and know all the goings, people, mood etc more than anybody can claim so they should defend themselves.
    or are they expecting their corpse to be brought home and reprisals start in the east. God forbid! The fire started there it should end there; it should’nt spread.
    It’s a pity that Igbos in the north haven’t learnt anything yet.since pre independent times even in 1966 when national soldiers were turned into rampaging mob looking for Igbos’ head. still our people there hasn’t seen any reason to form a defensive plan around themselves in this so called one nigeria. Self defence is legal. they should make us of it. even Israel surrounded by enemies, grew tooth and now are feared by their outnumbered enemies. Let them not expect government to fight for them for it will be a biased fight nor the general Igbo body for it may lead to another war. so far their enemies are unfaced miscreants mixing religions with politics to achieved their aim.

  18. May God have mercy on us as a nation! Honestly, some people are absolutely demons in human incarnate. Consequently, they believe in shedding their fellow neighbour,s blood to appease the gods they serve! Particularly in the Northern Nigeria that religion extremists, fanatists sentimentists and more alike have become the order of the day. Alas! Nemesis will catch up with them in no time. Except, they repent from such nefarious activities.

  19. Hillary Germany on

    Indomitable is nothing but one of the bist that exsist in the northern Nigeria. What did you guys expect to hear from him.

  20. Ishmael the father of the arab world waz cursed in the book of genesis. Hear the prophesy,…abraham pls do not bother about the egyptian girl hargar n ha child ishmael. Send them away for that which waz born of a slave should nt inherit alongside of dat born of a free woman. He shall be a wild ass of man, hs hand shall be against everyman n everymans hand against.. So am nt bothered about islamic blood letting. Islam is a violent religion coupled wit their awkward thinking.

  21. i even sound it as a warning to my people that any of them that steps foot in any part of northern Nigeria should henceforth stop bearing our saw name because he or she is the most stupid person on earth if that one dies let vulture takes care of his or her body period

  22. i even sound it as a warning to my people that any of them that steps foot in any part of northern Nigeria should henceforth stop bearing our surename because he or she is the most stupid person on earth if that one dies let vulture takes care of his or her body period

    • David, stop being too harsh on ur people living in the north. Some of them have genuine reasons 4 still being there. Remember some were born and brought up there b4 nig started going mad. Pls pray 4 them.

  23. may the spirit of those killed in bichi kano religious riot rest in peace. but the truth of the matter is not the conversation of the two friends,but annual rituals this ritual of slaughtering of human beings most especially christians and igbos in particular,when ever there is any festive season around the corner,or shortly after there must be blood shed and killing in the name of religion.it has been so for decades and history will tell that is as far back as may 1 1953.so this is more of tribal and ethnic,the people of north don’t want those those from the south east,and igbos won’t to learn from their urgly experience.GOD have mercy on this nation.

  24. Bilee please make a giant step forward by writing the UNO.Here is the address:

    760 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017, United States

  25. islan is a dangerious and evil religion, they love to shed blood in the mame of allah. Their allah always love to test blood , is he a vampire?

  26. @chukwuemeka. Pls, dont kill we have different spirit from this people. We dont need to kill but to give life like our Jesus. We are powerful than them in all ramification. U will not be better than the hausa muslim if you start killing them as they do. They want to attack the jews of nigeria because they believe that the jews of middle east dealt with the palestines a lesson. I dont agree that all igbos should leave the north but until biafra come. Let them start making investment in the east from the money they are making. Igbos gadi.

  27. The sectarian violence that occured in Bichi, Kano state is an unfortunate incident which could have been averted if both parties have good knowledge of their own religions. Unless we learn how to respect our faiths then religious unrest would part us. Let us learn how to live in mutual understanding and respect please, because this country is for all of us CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS ALIKE.

  28. help me solve this maths pls +oil +Igbo +Yoruba + hausa = Fake nigeria therefore – oil + Igbo +Yoruba + hausa is equal to ……..,… I need answer pls

  29. It’s not dat cow’s (indomitable) fault,it runs in their blood. Those guys are not supposed to b leaving wit humans,cos they are vampires. They should all be dumped in sahara desert. Stupid people.

  30. Christopher Osuoha on

    When will my people learn from their sufferings, do we still need to wait for God to open our grave from another holocoust before we go back to our land where we will truely worship God without fear of molestation. When i finished my NYSC in 2002 i got a job and was to be sent to Kano branch i declined that offer. I did that because i know that islamic extremists have no respect for human dignity and life. This unwanton killing of Igbos and looting of their shops and property has been a continuum since 1957 and no lasting solution has been found to abate it. I wonder if their will be a solution in the future. My advice is that Igbos and other southners should stay away from the north completely untill confederalism is achieved or rather better the country splits into its natural component parts.Ndi Igbo ibem biko nu welata nu ukwu nu unu na ugwu hausa, huputa nu ngozi chukwu nyere alaigbo. Malite nu imepe alaigbo na akwado kwa ichu aku na uba, na asum ahia na ala chineke nyere unu. May God continue to bless Ndigbo.

  31. The problem of the rampaging savages in the north is a problem of the government period.The igbos in trying to avoid this nonsense waned to go our own way hence the civil war.And after all these years we are still grappling with the same issue. If you have to fight for your God,you need a different one,that can fight for you. Enough of this nonsense -violence in the face of any slight should not be tolerated and must be dealt with now. There is a “stand your ground law “in many states in America that give people the right to defend their lives and properties when threatened by an intruder. This law is backed by the second amendment to their constitution guaranteeing the freedom to bear arms,in order to defend yourself. This is the law that Nigerians need today and i guarantee it will stop the madness up North.

  32. I challenge the law makers to pass a law guaranteing lawful citizens the right to bear arms in order to defend themselves and their properties and most problems like robbery,kidnapping,religious riots will end in Nigeria.

  33. Indomitable, you see how stupid you are. We are talking about events taking place in Nigeria, you are telling us about Israel/palestine. Why are you so destructive, any little thing you begin to kill. personally, i think this religion of yours is from the devil. you better repent.

  34. This senseless attitude of our Northern brothers has to stop. for goodness sake someone should tell them that they do not need to fight for their prophet or God for that matter if there are truely what they claimed them to be.

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