Coronavirus: 1 killed as protesters in Katsina set police station on fire over Jumat ban

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Police say 90 suspects have been captured.

Agitators set police stattion and DPO’s quarters ablaze over Jumat boycott in Katsina state (Placng)

Agitators set police stattion and DPO’s quarters ablaze over Jumat boycott in Katsina state (Placng)

Following the capture of a strict gathering pioneer, who drove a Jumat supplication on Friday in spite of Katsina State government’s mandates restricting huge social events, a gathering of nonconformists raged a police headquarters and set it on fire.

The official quarters of a Divisional Police Officer in Kusada Local Government Area of Katsina State was likewise burned to the ground.

During the mob on Saturday, March 29, 2020, one individual was killed while seven vehicles and 10 cruisers were additionally determined to fire.

As per Punch, 90 suspects have been captured regarding the episode.

An onlooker, who addressed the paper said the contention began when one Mallam Hassan, was captured by the police for directing a Jumat supplication on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Kastina State Commissioner of Police
Kastina State Commissioner of Police

Following his capture, his adherents allegedly assaulted the police headquarters, burnt the DPO’s Quarters and furthermore consumed a few cruisers in the station’s premises.

Affirming the episode, the representative for the police in Katsina, SP Gambo Isah said the dissenters composed themselves in a wild way, assaulted and overwhelmed the cops working.

He stated, “Reviewed that Katsina State Government under the initiative of His Excellency, Governor Aminu Bello Masari, gave a limitation orders Nos. SEC.2/T/3 and SEC.2/T/14 dated 25th and 27th March 2020 separately, coordinating the all out conclusion of its outskirts and suspension of huge social occasions for the week by week Friday supplications and Sunday community gatherings while wedding functions are to be directed in a calm over the state as a major aspect of measures taken to shorten the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Notwithstanding, on Friday, March 27, 2020, some disappointed adolescents under the administration of one Mallam Hassan tried the desire of the state and led a Friday supplication in one of the Kusada Jummat mosques.

“Hence, he was captured for addressing at Area Commander’s office, Malumfashi which didn’t go down well with a portion of his supporters.

“Therefore, today (Saturday) around 9 am, this specific gathering sorted out themselves in a wild way, assaulted and overwhelmed the police officers on the job at Kusada Division, set on fire the police headquarters and the DPO’s Quarters. They likewise torched seven vehicles and 10 bikes in the care of the police headquarters.”

He further unveiled that 90 suspects have been captured, including that examination is progressing.