Top Nigerian Security Chiefs led by the Chief of Defence Staff and the Inspector General of Police arrived Kaduna and immediately went into a close door meeting with the Governor Patrick Yakowa. The arrival of the security chiefs is coming on the heels
of strong indications that about 100 people have been killed since Monday in counter-reprisal attacks in Kaduna.
The meeting of the top security chiefs with the State Governor has brought more fear to the Political aides of the Governor who are worried that the unexpected meeting might be in preparation for the declaration of a State of Emergency in the State.....(More on this will come later. continue reading after the jump)
Meanwhile residents of Kaduna stayed indoors on Wednesday as a heavy deployment of soldiers and police enforced a ban on movements after three days of religious violence killed estimated 70 people, but there are still pockets of disturbances in some areas of the city, elombah.com was told.
"Fighting is still going on right now between Christians and Muslims, and the security men that were on ground has ran away", a resident said.
The round-the-clock state-wide curfew was first imposed after three church bombings in the state on Sunday sparked reprisal violence by Christian mobs who attacked Muslims and burned some of their bodies.
The lockdown was briefly lifted on Monday afternoon, but a flare up of violence, concentrated in Kaduna city’s mainly Muslim northern district, led authorities to renew the curfew.
“The curfew is in force and people are indoors. It’s quiet everywhere,” said Nasiru Abdullahi, a resident of the Tadun Wada area where some of Monday’s rioting took place.
Kaduna city resident Ahmado Yaro, a prominent opposition politician in the state, said the security deployment has increased.
“Soldiers and policemen are guarding roundabouts and some sensitive places. There are more policemen on patrol today” said Yaro, state leader of the Congress for Progressive Change party.
National police spokesman Frank Mba said he was “confident the curfew would be relaxed soon,” insisting that the police “have enough men on the ground to manage any eventuality.”
But a reporter for elombah.com said; "Situation in kaduna still bad and the claim that there are security patrol is false... people are left to defend themselves. From kaduna state university to comand junction there no security except at station round about and kalapanzin baracks".
Another resident said "the situation in Kaduna seems to getting out of hand, at the moment I hear gunshots at u\dosa non stop, as I am posting this right now; they are shooting in Malali right.... U/Dosa is close to Malali in Kaduna."
Burned vehicles and destroyed shops were still visible around Kaduna city on Tuesday, according to an AFP reporter who toured the city with the military.
The violence over the last three days has included suicide bombings at a church in Kaduna city and two churches in the nearby city of Zaria that killed at least 16 people.
The attacks were claimed by the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has killed hundreds of people across northern Nigeria in recent months.
After the church bombings, Christian mobs roamed the streets of the state capital, burning mosques and killing at least another 60 people, aside those that died from the blast.