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« on: March 08, 2019, 03:05:44 PM »
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Place in Kaduna State, Nigeria
Kaduna is the state capital of Kaduna State in north-western Nigeria, on the Kaduna River. It is a trade centre and a major transportation hub for the surrounding agricultural areas, with its rail and road junction. The population of Kaduna was at 760,084 as of the 2006 Nigerian census.

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Rapid urbanisation since 2005 has created an increasingly large population, now estimated to be around 1.3 million. Kaduna's name derives from the Hausa word kada, for crocodile (kaduna being the plural form).

History
Kaduna was founded by British colonists in 1913 and became the capital of Nigeria's former Northern Region in 1917. It retained this status until 1967. The first British governor of Northern Nigeria, Sir Frederick Lugard, chose the present site for development due to its proximity to the Lagos-Kano Railway. Sir Ahmadu Bello, the premier of Northern Nigeria (1954-1966), was assassinated in Kaduna on 15 January, 1966 in a mainly Igbo military coup. This event contributed to the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970).

The Nigerian Islamic umbrella association, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, is based in the city.

Religious strife
Main article: 2000 Kaduna riots
With both Muslim and Christian populations, Kaduna has been a site of religious tension between Muslims and Christians, particularly over the implementation of shari'a law in Kaduna State beginning in 2001. In February 2000, nearly 1,000 people were killed in a riot, and several cars and houses were burned to ashes. The city remains segregated to this day, with Muslims living mainly in the north and Christians in the south.

In 2002 some Muslims were offended by an article in a Lagos newspaper about the upcoming Miss World pageant scheduled for that week in the capital city of Abuja; it suggested that if Muhammad watched the beauty pageant he would end up marrying one of its contestants. A massive riot ensued. Churches were among the most frequently attacked targets: More than 20 were burned by Muslims. In retaliation, Christians burned eight mosques. Several hotels were also burned. The city suffered widespread damage, and 11,000 people were left homeless. The local offices of the newspaper that had published the offending article were burned. As a result, thousands of civilians fled the city to escape.

Civil unrest soon spread to the capital, Abuja. After four days of rioting, Nigerian security forces quelled the riots and arrested hundreds of rioters. The government imposed a temporary curfew, but although individual killings continued. Some 215 bodies were counted on the streets or in morgues, while others were buried by their families before being counted. 1,000 people were wounded. The funerals of many of the victims took place shortly after the riot ended.

Muslim rioters were tried in Sharia courts, while Christian rioters were tried by civilian jurisdictions. The editor of the newspaper that had published the article was arrested. [Isioma Daniel]], the reporter who wrote the article, resigned and fled to Norway


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