The Katsina State Police Command, has arrested 90 people for allegedly setting ablaze Kusada Divisional Police Station, over suspension of Friday congregational prayer by the state government to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.
According to the Command Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, One person lost his life in the encounter.
The Katsina State government had directed closure of state borders as well as suspended large gatherings including Friday congregational prayer and Church services.
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 police station and over-powered the policemen on duty at Kusada Division.
“They set ablaze the police station and DPO’s Quarters, burning down even vehicles and 10 motorcycles,” he explained.
According to Gambo, normalcy however, has been restored in the area, after the Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba, deployed police patrol teams and Special Joint Security Task Force to beef up security in the state.