A special police force has been deployed to flashpoints in the northern state of Kaduna on Sunday in the wake of communal violence over the last few days that has killed 55 people, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Twitter.
“The police have been authorized to do everything possible to restore calm,” he said in the tweet.
The Kaduna state government imposed a 24-hour curfew on Sunday after violence broke out on the streets of the state’s capital city, also called Kaduna.
The 55 were killed as a result of clashes between young Christians and Muslims in northern Nigeria following a dispute in a market.
Muslim and Christian youths reportedly clashed after a row between wheelbarrow porters in the town of Kasuwan Magani.
Kaduna state police commissioner Ahmad Abdur-Rahman told reporters on Friday 22 people had been arrested in connection with the violence.
A similar crisis in February left at least 10 people dead and hundreds of homes and businesses burnt.