Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Curfew imposed in NW Nigeria state following violence

Curfew imposed in NW Nigeria state following violence

A statement signed by Samaila Aruwan, Senior Assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media and Publicity, said that the curfew was "with immediate effect".

In a statement the presidency said: "President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest communal violence in Kasuwan Magani in Kaduna State which claimed 55 lives".

It said, "The Kaduna State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the Kasuwan Magani community".

Kaduna state officials told the AFP news agency a round-the-clock curfew had been imposed in Kasuwan Magani, the site of the violence.

He said that the police deployed included four Police Mobile Force (PMF) units, Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Conventional policemen, Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS), Intellegemce Response Team (IRT) and Technical Intelligence (TIU) among others.

He said, "The operations will cover the entire Kasuwar Magani and environs, and other flash/trouble spots in Kaduna State".

The police chief assured that all perpetrators of the mayhem would be brought to book.

"Anybody that has a hand in this crisis must face the full wrath of law", said Abdur-Rahman.

He appealed to the citizens to volunteer any information that would help to track down the suspects.

A similar crisis in February left at least 10 people dead and hundreds of homes and businesses burnt.

A total of 65 people alleged to have been involved in the February crisis were arraigned in court but the case is still pending.

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