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Police kill 4 in Kaduna as youths, JTF clash over COVID-19 lockdown order

A tragic scene played out in Tirkania community, a suburb of Kaduna State when no fewer than four people were killed when operatives of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) and some youths clashed in the area.

Reports say the incident occurred on Monday when JTF officials tried to enforce the stay-at-home order issued by the state government to stem the spread of COVID-19 virus in the state.

A source, Alhaji Nuhu Mohammed Marafan Nasarawa, disclosed that “the crisis started between the youth and JTF before the police came in trying to enforce the stay-at-home order.”

“The Policemen from Kakuri dispersed the aggrieved youth with teargas. Later, we heard shots, live bullets as some youth threw stones at the police.

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“Yes, four of our boys were killed and we have buried them. We have 10 others who sustained gunshots injuries; seven are in critical condition as we speak. I called on the Army and other community leaders to calm the angry youth, who had vowed to take revenge against the police,” he said.

“Among the dead is a 30-year-old Musa Aliyu, who was killed after rushing out of the bathroom to see what was happening outside.”

As at the time of filing in this report, the incident was not yet confirmed by ASP Mohammed Jalige, Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, who said that an official statement will be issued after a report from the Divisional Police Officer in the area.

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