Early this morning, panic spread in parts of Kaduna as residents heard about the onset of rioting and possible breakdown of law and order. The fears led to closure of business premises. In addition, hundreds of government and private sector workers refused to go to work. Many parents also rushed to schools to pick up their children and wards amid rumors of imminent violence.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna Police Command has refuted the rumor. In a terse statement, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Jinjiri Abubakar, stated, “The attention of the Kaduna State Police Command has been drawn a rumor making [the] rounds in Kaduna State to the effect that there is or (there) will be crisis in the state.
The rumor is totally unfounded, untrue, baseless, and mischievous, and should be ignored by the good people of Kaduna State. The police and other security agencies are very much alive to their responsibilities and have effectively deployed their personnel to all the nooks and crannies of the state. Residents and travelers in the state are assured of their safety, please.”
A source who works with the State Security Service (SSS) also confirmed to SaharaReporters that the agency was not aware of any breakdown of law and order. “What is happening is that residents of Kaduna are in a state of panic because of recent acts of terrorism in the city and other parts of the state,” said the source. He added, “So any little rumor of something bad going can spread like wildfire.”