Coronavirus: Police arrests Katsina youth who razed station due to disruption of Jumat service by officials

Coronavirus: Police arrests Katsina youth who razed station due to disruption of Jumat service by officials

The police in Katsina State has arrested 90 people for allegedly setting ablaze Kusada Divisional Police Station over the suspension of Friday congregational prayer by the state government to contain the spread of coronavirus.

It was reported that the state government directed the closure of state borders, suspended large gatherings, Friday congregational prayer, and church services due to the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the rioters also lost his life in the encounter, the police command spokesman; Gambo Isah, said in a statement issued to newsmen on Saturday, March 28, in Katsina.

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According to the police spokesman, some disgruntled youths; under the leadership of one Malam Hassan, conducted Friday prayer in one of the Juma’at mosques in Kusada, in defiance of the directives.

“Subsequently, he was arrested for questioning at 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 and attacked the police station and over-powered the policemen on duty at Kusada Division.

“They set ablaze the police station and DPO’s Quarters,” Isah, a superintendent of police, said.

He explained that the youth also burnt down seven vehicles and 10 motorcycles.

Isah, however, said normalcy had been restored to the area.

He also added that the Commissioner of Police; Sanusi Buba, had deployed police patrol teams and Special Joint Security Task Force to beef up security.

The police spokesman said that the 90 suspects arrested would be prosecuted after full investigation.

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