Kaduna State governor, Nasir El Rufai has announced the imposition of a 24 hr curfew on the town of Kajuru following escalating tensions in the community.
“The Kaduna State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew in Kasuwan Magani with immediate effect. Deputy Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala has directed vigorous enforcement of the curfew and has urged citizens to comply and support peace efforts in the community, ” the governor announced on Friday afternoon
Today’s Echo gathers that tension had been mounting in the community since Thursday evening, following attack on two Adara boys allegedly by some Hausa youths.
According to sources in the area, “the two boys were coming from a local market in the evening on Thursday and decided to follow the bypass.
”They were attacked and thoroughly beaten by some Hausa boys. One of them was taken to St. Gerald Hospital where he later died as a result of the beating”.
The incident was said to have raised tension, prompting the deployment of more security personnel in the community to avert violence.
However, it was learnt that there was serious hostility between the two groups on Friday morning following news of the death of one of the boys that were beaten.
Kaduna state has been a hotbed of ethno-religious crises in recent times, with series of violence unleashed in Kajuru local government. The government has imposed curfews on the town in recent past but that has not stemmed down the tide of violence.
On February 19, Governor El-Rufai said the death toll from a pre-election day attack on Kajuru had risen to 130
Last week, Today’s Echo reported the death of a British aide worker who was killed by unknown gunmen at Kajuru.