– The Kaduna police revealed the name
of the group behind violence and
attacks during the holy month of
– Governor El-Rufai visited one of the
victims, Emmanuel Francis, promised to
maintain peace and harmony in the
– The group targets Muslims as well: A
resident of Unguwan Dosa, Bello Sani,
narrates how he escaped lynching
Security if beefed up in Kaduna state
following a number of attacks on peaceful
citizens, police confirmed to
PremiumTimes on Saturday, June 11.
The officials believe a new deadly group
called “Yan Shara” is responsible. The name
of the group can be translated as
“Sweepers” from Hausa language.
The members of Yan Shara, mostly young
adults, reportedly operate in Kakuri, Kawo,
Rigasa, Tudun Wada, Unguwan Rimi,
Unguwan Dosa and several other major
towns and areas of Kaduna.
The police assured that they had all the
details about the reported crimes,
promised to deal with the ‘hoodlums’.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state
spoke in a similar manner of condemnation
as he visited Emmanuel Francis, a Christian
who was stabbed for eating in the
afternoon of Tuesday, June 7.
“We implore everyone to do their duty to
uphold peace and security in Kaduna State.
We should not allow differences in faith to
be a barrier to harmony or a cause for
conflict. Nobody can impose the tenet of
his faith on another person.
“The decision to observe any religious
activity is the prerogative of the individual.
Let us all remain vigilant and report any
suspicious activity to the security
agencies,” the governor said.
The Yan Shara group does not spare
Muslims as well. Bello Sani, a resident of
Unguwan Dosa, was attacked on his way
from the mosque. The man narrowly
escaped being lynched last week when he
was returning from daily prayer. Mr Bello
told his horrific story to PremiumTimes.
“I was going home from the mosque in
Unguwan Dosa when I saw people running
and coming my way.
“At first I thought it was a riot. Then one
lady who was running overtook me and was
shouting run! run! run! the sweepers are
coming. I did not understand what she
meant by sweepers until I saw some shops
close to me closing down and also telling
me to run.
“However, before I could run fast, one
among them hit me with a big stick on my
back. I was able to jump in to a house close
to me forcing them to retreat.”
The month of Ramadan began in Nigeria on
Monday, June 6. It is expected to end on
July 5. Adult Muslims are required to fast
from dawn till dusk.