Police Arrest 22 Suspects In Connection With Bichi Riot

Twenty-two suspects have been arrested by the Kano state police command in connection with the ethno-religious crisis that swept through Bichi town Thursday leading to the death of two persons.

A statement by the Command signed by the Public Relation officer, ASP Magaji Musa Majia confirmed that two persons lost their lives to the mayhem while two others that sustained life threatening injuries are recuperating in the Hospital.

According to ASP Musa Majia, no fewer than 7 churches were set ablaze by the vandals as 8 shops and one residential building were burnt down during the mayhem.

The crisis erupted in Bichi, a town located along Km 27 Kano- Katsina federal highway on Thursday following an alleged mispronunciation of Hausa words considered by first speaker of the language as blasphemous.

Police say normalcy has been restored to the troubled town, adding that the Kano State police command has intensified its patrol to ensure residents go about their businesses without fear of molestation.

While promising to get to the root of the matter and punish anyone found involved to have played a role in the crisis, the police enjoin Kano citizens to continue to live in harmony with each other irrespective of ethno-religious differences.

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