Kaduna

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<!-- Infobox starts!--> <!-- Infobox ends -->Kaduna is the state capital of Kaduna State in north-central Nigeria. The city, located on the Kaduna River, is a trade center and a major transportation hub for the surrounding agricultural areas with its rail and road junction. The population of Kaduna is at 760,084 as of the 2006 Nigerian census. The symbol of Kaduna is the crocodile, called kada in the native Hausa language.

History

Kaduna was founded by the British in 1913, and became the capital of Nigeria's former Northern Region in 1917. It retained this status until 1967.

Persons hailing from Kaduna include Emmanuel, Celestine Babayaro and Victor Moses (Nigerian footballers) and Fiona Fullerton (British actress and former Bond girl)

The Nigerian Islamic umbrella association Jama’atu Nasril Islam is based in the city.Nagendra Kr Singh. International encyclopaedia of Islamic dynasties. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD., 2002. ISBN 8126104031, 9788126104031.

Religious strife

Due to its religious makeup, Kaduna has been the scene of deadly religious tensions between Muslims and Christians, particularly over the implementation of shari'a law in Kaduna State beginning in 2001. One particular incident in February 2000 saw at least 1,000 killed in a particular riot. The city remains segregated to this day, with Muslims living mainly in the north of the city and Christians in the south.<ref...
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