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Sallah: Soldiers, Muslim youths clash in Jos

policemen and men of the Joint Military Task Force on Tuesday clashed with some irate youths in Jos, the Plateau State capital, shortly after the eid prayer to commemorate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.

The Nigerian Tribune learnt that trouble started when some of the youth who had just finished Eid-el-Kabir prayer at Dogon-Karfe and were heading home suddenly became reckless with their bikes and defiled instructions and cautions.

An eyewitness said one of them attempted to hit a soldier at one of the roadblocks in the area, adding that an attempt by the soldiers in the vicinity to arrest the boy attracted the attention of other youths returning from the prayer.

It was gathered that the youth surrounded the check point to ensure that the culprit was not taken away but the soldiers, however, refrained themselves from opening fire on them.

To nip the incident in the bud, some armed mobile policemen were despatched to the area to maintain peace but the youth became more violent on sighting them, hurling stones at the policemen.

In the process, the windscreen of one of the police patrol vans was broken, while some of the youth and a policeman sustained minor injuries.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, confirmed the incident, saying that there was no need to panic as the situation had been brought under control.

Aduba said that he also asked his men to release those arrested, adding that some of the Muslim leaders assured him that they would hand over the unruly ones to him for prosecution.

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Comment by susanjerry on November 26, 2010 at 10:06am
Holy ghost fire burn them to ashes,idiots
Comment by Moses K Tawose on November 20, 2010 at 6:45am
They must be stupid tangling with the soldiers because they should know better if they love their lives. It should be investigated what was the reason behind it and if need be after investigation they were found culpable they should be reprimanded or prosecuted for disturbing the peace of the society without provocation.
Comment by Abdul on November 19, 2010 at 10:39pm
kris u r rite bro.....salam
Comment by kris on November 19, 2010 at 3:42pm
Rubbish!! Defy the law of the land nd face its wrath.
Sallah to all well respected muslim is a period of love
nd reflections not a time for ignorants mesmerising nd
terrorising the peace of our land nd dat of our security
agents.They shld be remanded in custody to face the music.
Our police heads shld pls learn hw to handle issues according to the law without fear or favour.

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