Southern Kaduna is boiling again.

Over the past few days, violent clashes between two communities in Kasuwan Magani area have left 55 people dead.

In response, the Nigerian government has deployed a special police force to restore calm in the area.

This is even as the Kaduna state government imposed a 24-hour curfew on Sunday, October 21st after violence broke out on the streets of Kaduna city.

Locals said clashes broke out between Muslims and Christians in the area, around 50 km from Kaduna city, on Thursday, October 18th.

“The violence in Kaduna, which has resulted in the deaths of 55 innocent people, is condemnable. The Police have been authorized to do everything possible to restore calm. A Special Intervention Force has been deployed to the flash-points, and the IG will provide regular updates,” President Muhammadu Buhari said on Twitter on Sunday evening.

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Kaduna state’s police commissioner, Ahmad Abdur-Rahman, said earlier the clashes in the Kasuwan Magani area of southern Kaduna had led to 22 arrests.

“The federal government and its law enforcement agencies will work with the state government and community leaders to ensure the full restoration of peace and security,” Buhari said in another message on Twitter.

Police said the special force will carry out stop and search patrols, raid suspected criminal hideouts and make arrests in areas that have been flashpoints or considered to be at risk of violence.

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