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Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai was said to be stoned by angry youths in Ungwan Gado Community, a suburb within Kaduna metropolis, earlier this week.
It was gathered that the governor was there to broker peace between that community and a neighbouring community, resulting from the gruesome murder of a teenager, a day before his visit.
The incident occurred at about 9pm, in spite of a strong presence of security operatives, deployed to the area to douse the rising tension.
An eyewitness informed that the governor on arriving the area, was pelted, with chants of ‘ba mu so’ when translated from Hausa, means ‘we don’t want you’ chorused by the angry youths.
It was gathered that trouble in the communities all located within Malali axis in Kaduna, broke out when youths suspected to be under the influence of drugs stabbed a teenager to death at a public gathering they all attended.
It is still unclear if the youth that was murdered was a Muslim or Christian, but as it stands, the crisis is beginning to take a religious colouration.
Efforts to reach el-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan and the Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State, Zubairu Abubakar to respond to the development proved abortive as calls put to them were not picked. Text message sent to them on the development, was also not responded to as at the time of filing this report.
It was observed that Hausa traders who usually thronged the Yam Market located in Sabon Tasha, a 100 per cent Christian community were completely absent from there on Tuesday night as rumours of the crisis spread throughout Kaduna City.