No arrest yet over Zamfara killings —Yari

Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari

SECURITY agencies are yet to make any arrest over the alleged killing of a Christian student by his Muslim colleague and the burning to death of several other innocent citizens in Zamfara State.

Governor Abdulazeez Yari, who disclosed this while fielding questions from State House correspondents, at the Presidential Villa, on Wednesday, however, vowed to bring the culprits in the heinous killings to book.

He also contended the number of people killed in the riot that followed the killing of the said student and the suggestion that those burnt to ashes were mainly Christians.

The social media had reported that over 15 Christians were killed in the riot that trailed the killing of the Yoruba polytechnic student.

“I think what happened is unnecessary and it’s not supposed to be in place, if not for the act of the devil.

“From the intelligence I got from security agencies, they was a fight between two students and I think one of them injured the other and started shouting that he abused Prophet Muhammad and other students came and beat up the other  boy, who is Yoruba from Kogi State.

“Some people are saying he is a Muslim and some say the boy is a Christian, they beat the student up until he collapsed and thought he was dead,  then security personnel requested help from one shop owner who then took the boy to the hospital in his car.

“The students heard that the boy was still alive and in the hospital, so they went there. However, the boy was rescued by the army in the hospital, but I don’t know if the boy is alive or dead now.

“The students went back to the polytechnic and burnt  the shop of the person who gave his car to rescue the boy and they came back to town again and you know the police in the division don’t have enough men to contain the riot and before reinforcement came, the crowd threw tyres in the man’s house and burned the it down.

“That was how everybody in the house was killed. Everyone in the house were Muslims and not like the rumours doing the round in the social media that Christians are being killed in Zamfara.

“As of the time I left Zamfara, no arrest yet. Immediately the incident happened, the school authority shut down the school. The police and DSS are carrying out their investigation and soon, there will be arrests .

“The government will not take this lightly, definitely all the culprits will be brought to book,” he said.