The state governor implemented a curfew and directed security agents enforcing it to "shoot on sight resulting in many of the fatalities.
Hisbah leadership claims it barred the rally as a precaution to prevent further conflicts following the November 2008 violence in Jos.In addition, the Nigerian Civil Liberties Organization contends that Zamfara State promotes Islam as a state religion through its establishment of a Commission for Religious Affairs.Police arrested at least 500 persons, although no trials had commenced by the end of the reporting period.Both Muslims and Christians reside in large numbers in the Middle Belt, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).The Mission provided training and technical assistance to IMC to enhance its capacity to develop and implement ethnic and interfaith activities.Government discusses religious freedom with the Government as part of its overall policy to promote human rights and improve interreligious relations.In many communities, Muslims or Christians who converted to another religion reportedly faced ostracism escort girl gabon by members of their former religion.State officials claimed that students could request a teacher of their own religious beliefs to provide alternative instruction.
According to Kano State law, the Hisbah have the authority to arrest individuals for violating Shari'a law, although they cannot prosecute them.
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Nonetheless, there were often no teachers capable of teaching Christianity in northern schools or of teaching Islam in southern schools.
Through the program, the.S.There were continuing delays in the trial of 18 men who were arrested in August 2007 in Bauchi and who faced vagrancy and cross-dressing charges under the Bauchi State Shari'a Penal Code.The House attributed the violence to the Plateau State Government, political parties, the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, and religious leaders.Christians in the predominantly Muslim northern states continued to allege that local government officials used zoning regulations to stop or slow the establishment of new churches and in some cases reportedly demolished churches that had existed for up to a decade.Religious differences often paralleled and exacerbated differences between ethnic groups.The hospital, owned by the federal Government, issued a statement that it terminated the nurse's employment for violating the hospital's dress code (which allows for a shorter, shoulder-length hijab) and not for religious reasons.NGOs and traditional leaders throughout the country led conflict resolution efforts to reduce sectarian violence in their communities; however, these efforts lacked the scale, influence, or political support required to deter further violence.To receive such privileges, a person must produce a certificate of indigeneship, granted by local government authorities.Acute sectarian violence in the Middle Belt served to heighten tensions between religious groups even in parts of the country that did not experience the violence.Violence between Christian and Muslim communities increased, as political and socioeconomic conflicts often divided persons along religious lines and were expressed in the targeting of religious symbols and spaces.On April 13, 2009, Muslims in Gwada, Niger State, reportedly burned down three churches, damaged property, and injured at least 20 Christians during an Easter procession.The governor filed an injunction with the Supreme Court to stop the federal investigation and established Plateau State's own Judicial Commission of Inquiry.


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