The Police Command in Zamfara has arrested 18 suspects over a riot, leading to the destruction of properties, including the palace of the Emir of Shinkafi.
The police made this known in a statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Muhammad Shehu, on Sunday in Gusau.
“Youths carrying dane guns, cutlasses and sticks destroyed the Emir of Shinkafi’s palace and two other houses in Shinkafi town.
“A joint police and military team quickly responded and dispersed the protesters to avoid breakdown of law and order as well as possible loss of lives and property.
“The 18 suspects arrested are currently in police custody, undergoing interrogation.
“The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abutu Yaro, has directed the state CID to commence a discreet investigation into the unlawful protest, with a view to unravel the circumstances behind the dastardly act,” Shehu said.
“Mr Yaro also cautioned parents and guardians to always monitor their children and wards to prevent them from getting involved in criminal acts,” he added.