The Police in Katsina State, has arrested 90 people, for allegedly setting ablaze the Kusada Divisional Police Station, over the suspension of the Friday Congregational Prayer by the State Government, to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
One of the rioters also lost his life in the encounter, the Police Command Spokesman, Gambo Isah, said in a statement issued to Newsmen on Saturday night, in Katsina.
Recall, that the State Government directed the closure of State borders, suspended large gatherings, Friday Congregational Prayers, and Church Services.
According to the Police Spokesman, some disgruntled youths, under the leadership of one Mallam Hassan, conducted Friday prayers in one of the Juma’at Mosques, in Kusada, in defiance of the directive.
“Subsequently, he was arrested for questioning, at the Area Commander’s office, Malumfashi, which did not go down well with some of his followers.
“Consequently, on 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”, Isah, a Superintendent of Police, said.
He explained that the youths also burnt down 7 vehicles and 10 motorcycles.
Isah, however, stated that normalcy had been restored to the area, and added that the Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba, had deployed Police Patrol teams and Special Joint Security Task Force, to beef up security in the area.
The Police Spokesman said that the 90 suspects arrested would be prosecuted, after full investigation.