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El-Rufai imposes 24-hour curfew on Kaduna over killings



El-Rufai imposes 24-hour curfew on Kaduna over killings

Baba Negedu

Kaduna State government yesterday evening imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna metropolis and its environs.
The curfew was aimed at halting the breakdown of law and order in the metropolis and its environs.
The crisis is said to be fallout of the Thursday clash between Muslim and Christian youths at Kasuwan Magani which led to the death of over 60 persons.
The state police command, however, confirmed that only 55 persons were killed at Kasuwan Magani on Thursday.
But a protest started about 4p.m. on Sunday at Mararaban Rido and Sabon Tasha in the southern part of the state capital, leading to tension and apprehension as residents rushed back from shops, church activities and the markets to their homes.
Information about the protest quickly spread to other parts of the metropolis with youths blocking roads within their vicinity.
A journalist on her way to Mando in the northern part of the city was attacked and stabbed at Kawo not far from the headquarters of 1 Division, Nigerian Army in Kaduna.
She is presently receiving treatment at the hospital within the town.
However, soldiers and other security operatives were quickly deployed to troubled areas to halt the spread of the crisis.
Following the deployment of the soldiers, the streets were empty as motorists and commercial vehicles deserted all major roads within the metropolis.
There had been uneasy calm and palpable tension in the state following last Thursday’s clash at Kasuwan Magani community in Kajuru Local Government Area.
Government, in a statement by Samuel Aruwan, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Nasir el-Ruai said a 24-hour curfew has been imposed on the state capital and its environs.

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