Six feared dead as fight over woman turns ethno-religious, bloody in Kaduna
Fight over a woman in Kaduna has turned into ethno-religious crisis between two neighbouring communities of Badarawa Kwaru and Unguwar Yero, both in Kaduna North Local Government Areas of the State. No fewer than six persons have died since the crises erupted on Sunday night when it turned bloody, while several others were injured.
Meanwhile, at the time of filing this report on Wednesday, heavy presence of Police and armed forces security have been found among the residents of the area, who now remain indoors, as several gunshots were fired into the air at intervals.
Eye witnesses accounts said, the fight started between two men on Sunday night over a woman. One Emmanuel Kaja told our correspondent that, a man from Kwaru community came on a motorbike to Unguwar Yero to see his alleged concubine, who happens to be a wife of a man in Unguwar Yero.
According to him, “The woman was girlfriend of the Kwaru man, who used to give her money when they were dating. But the lady in question later married another person. However, after their marriage, the lady and her ex-boyfriend were still going out.
“On the fateful Sunday evening, the Kwaru man came to look for his concubine as usual, but met the husband, who was already suspecting his wife and trailed her to where they were standing. So, when he accosted them, the Kwaru man kicked his bike, and thereafter stabbed his concubine’s husband in the stomach.
“The man later died before he could be rushed to the hospital. But, what got people of the area angry is that, the Governor later came begging the people to be patient without taking action to bring the culprit to book. That was why Unguwar Yero people also started attacking people suspected to be Hausa-Muslim,” he said.
Another eye witness also told our reporter that, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who was at Unguwar Yero on Sunday night to broker peace, was stoned by angry youths.
According to him, “When the governor arrived the area, the angry youths didn’t even allow him to speak; they just started chanting ‘bama so’, meaning, ‘we don’t want’.
Meanwhile, after the governor’s visit, the crisis started taking religious and ethnic dimensions since Monday, as groups from the neighboring Kwaru and Unguwar Yero resulted to attacking people identified as members of the opposite ethnic or religious group.
As at Wednesday morning, normalcy had returned to the areas, as group suspected to be of Kwaru extraction stormed Ghana Road area of Malali and Unguwar Yero, attacking two traders, one of whom is feared dead.
However, as at the time of filing this report, casualty figures, according to eye witnesses, stood at six.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Zubairu Abubakar, said, “Many arrests were made, but I cannot tell you the number of the arrests until I find out from the office. However, calm has returned to the two communities and under control.