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Bauchi crisis: Abubakar imposes 12 hour curfew

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By Charles Agwam – Bauchi
Following the crisis that erupted on Sunday night at Yelwa area of Bauchi metropolis, the Bauchi state government has imposed a 12 hour curfew in some parts of Bauchi state.

Speaking in a statewide broadcast, the Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubabakar, said the curfew is necessary to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

He said the areas affected by the imposition of the curfew include Yelwa Tsakani, Ungwan Kusu, Ungwan Ngas, Lushi and Yelwa Kagadama.

“A sad development on Sunday 18 November, 2018, occurred following a misunderstanding between some youths around Yelwa Tsakani and Lushi communities at a birthday party.

“This degenerated into a communal crisis leading to the loss of 3 people and the destruction of two houses at Yelwa Tsakani settlement.

“The government will not fold its arms and watch some disgruntled elements destroy the hard earned peace in the state” he noted.

He said the unfortunate incident has affected the relative peace enjoyed in the state since the inception of his administration.

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He added that the incident also came at a time when the federal government was taking necessary measures to restore peace in some parts of the country ravaged by communal conflicts.

“As you all know, Bauchi state is known for its peaceful coexistence and law abiding disposition. We must therefore not allow disgruntled elements who may want to sow seeds of discord among us.

“I personally inspected the area yesterday and saw things for myself. I have appealed to the warring communities for calm.

“In order to ensure peace among the communities and to prevent the hoodlums in the affected areas from further escalating the disturbance from spreading to other parts of the state, the government has imposed a curfew from the hours of 7pm to 6am from today, 20th November until further notice” the Governor added.

He called on residents in the affected areas to obey the curfew, warning that any person found violating it will be dealt with decisively.

Vanguard reports that the Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, DSP Kamal Abubabakar on Monday confirmed that 3 people were killed, 8 injured and two houses burnt in the uprising, while adding that 75 suspects have been arrested.

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