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18 arrested by Police over Zamfara riot


The Police in Zamfara state have arrested 18 persons suspected to have played a part in the riot that led to the destruction of Emir of Shinkafa’s palace.

SP Muhammad Gusau, the state’s police spokesperson made this known in a statement in Gusau on Sunday.

The Police accused then of wielding weapons like dane guns, and cutlasses, and causing destruction.

“Youths carrying dane guns, cutlasses and sticks destroyed the Emir of Shinkafi’s palace and two other houses in Shinkafi town.

“A joint police and military team quickly responded and dispersed the protesters to avoid break down of law and order and possible loss of lives and property.

“The 18 suspects arrested are currently in police custody undergoing interrogation.

“The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abutu Yaro has directed the state CID to commence a discreet investigation into the unlawful protest with a view to unravel the circumstances behind the dastardly act,” Shehu said

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