Nigeria market violence leaves 55 dead

Published: October 21, 2018 11:14:07 | Updated: October 24, 2018 16:54:29

Photo collected from internet has been used for representational purpose only

Sectarian violence sparked by a spat at a market has left 55 people dead in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

Muslim and Christian youths reportedly clashed after a row between wheelbarrow porters in the town of Kasuwan Magani.

The state police commissioner said 22 people were arrested after the unrest.

Authorities also imposed a round-the-clock curfew in the town. Nigeria often sees outbreaks of sectarian violence, reports the BBC.

Official presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu tweeted that Buhari found the country's frequent use of violence in such disputes "worrisome".

Without harmony between different groups, "our everyday businesses would be impossible to achieve," the president said.

He called on community leaders to encourage tolerance and stop such discord before it could develop into violence.

Share if you like