VIOLENCE in the northern states
of Kaduna and Yobe spread on Tuesday, necessitating an imposition of a
24-hour curfew on the two states where the death toll in three days of
attacks rose to 99. The casualty figure is made up of 74 deaths recorded in Kaduna between Sunday and Monday and 25 killed in the Damaturu violence.
Christian and Muslim youths even as there were reports of an explosion
which resulted in a fire outbreak at the Panteka market.
firing AK-47s, burning tyres and destroying at least one church. Intermittent gunshots were reportedly heard across the city throughout today.
resulted in a fire outbreak has occurred at the Panteka market
destroying many shops. This happened as the attacks were going on in
Tudun Wada just before the curfew was reimposed,” Reuters quoted a
resident, Bitrus Moses, as narrating.
Wada had set up a bonfire and threatening to avenge the killing of their
kin on Sunday.
passers-by. The attacks created pandemonium as residents fled in
different directions. Those who had gone to work after the relaxation of
the 24-hour curfew by the government had to rush back home.
from the predominantly Christian southern part of the state also
commenced mobilisation for a confrontation.
Yakowa, promptly slammed another round-the-clock curfew on the state.
imposed on Sunday following the bombing of three churches and the
consequent reprisal by Christian youths.
Reuben Buhari, said the decision of the government to reimpose the
curfew was to allow the government to continue with its responsibility
of safeguarding lives and properties.
that came up today and based on the need for the state government to
continue with its responsibility of safeguarding the lives and
properties of its citizens, the state government is hereby reimposing a
24-hour curfew in all parts of the state.
As unpalatable as this decision is, the state government is doing it in
the best interest of the state. Consequently, everybody is strongly
advised to go back home now while security agencies continue with the
task of ensuring total peace in the state.”
state capital, Damaturu, following overnight gunfight between soldiers
attached to the Joint Task Force on Operation Restore Order and Boko
Haram insurgents in the state capital, Damaturu.
and various security agencies to ensure that normalcy returned to the
gunfire which broke out on Monday had claimed some casualties, but that
the streets were too dangerous for rescue workers to move around.
have been holed up in the hospital since yesterday. We can’t leave
because it is not safe to go out. The morgue is empty now although there
are dead bodies on the street. Fighting is still going on in some parts
of the city and the streets are totally deserted.”
military task force in Yobe State, Colonel Dahiru Abdussalam, to have
said that the Damaturu unrest started on Monday after authorities
arrested a Boko Haram suspect.
confirmed that three policemen were killed while four others were
wounded in Monday’s explosions and gun attacks in Damaturu.