THE Kaduna State government has imposed a fresh 24-hour curfew in parts of the state as fear of a fresh outbreak of violence mounts following the death of a traditional ruler who had been abducted.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by Samuel Aruwan, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media & Publicity.
Aruwan stated that the curfew, which takes effect from 11 am on Friday, “is a necessary step to help maintain peace as we mourn the death of HRH Agom Adara, who we lost in the early hours of today to the criminals who abducted him last week”.
He said that the curfew “will remain in force until further notice”.
“The Kaduna State Government calls for calm in all our communities. The criminal elements who perpetrated this crime should not be allowed to divide us,” the statement read further.
“This is a struggle between good, decent, law-abiding people trying to uphold the peace and criminals who want to divide and destroy. It is not a struggle between religious or ethnic groups. Let no criminal find succour in faith or tribe.
“Let us unite against every criminal activity. Let us stand together as human beings who have a right to live in peace.”
The Kaduna State Police Command had said the about 55 lives were lost in the initial violence that broke out in the Kasuwa Magani area of the State earlier this week. A 24-hour curfew was then imposed in the areas where there had been an unrest, but it was lifted after the situation was adjudged to have been brought under control.