Coronavirus: One killed in Katsina in riot over Imam’s arrest

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At least one person is believed to have died in Kusada Local Government Area of Katsina State in a riot that broke out after Muslims faithful defied government’s ban on congregational prayer amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Report said the Friday Jumaat prayer was held at the area in defiance to guidelines issued by the state government, prompting the police to later arrest the Imam who led the prayer.

Upon hearing the Imam’s arrest, his followers on Saturday morning stormed the police station torched the building alongside some vehicles and bicycles on the premises while at least one casualty was reportedly recorded.

In order not to aggravate the situation, report said during the mayhem, the police offered token resistance.

In respect to the incident, a statement the Police Public Relations Officer in Katsina released read in part: “Yesterday,  March 27, 2020, some disgruntled youths under the leadership of one Mallam Hassan tested the will of the state and conducted a Friday prayer in one of the Kusada jumma’at mosques.

“Subsequently, he was arrested for questioning at the Area Commander’s office, Malumfashi which did not go down well with some of his followers.

“Consequently, today, March 28, 2020, at about 09:00hrs, this particular group organised themselves in such a tumultuous manner, rioting, attacked and overpowered the policemen on duty at Kusada Division, set ablaze the police station and DPO’s quarters.”

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