Kaduna state government declares 24 hr curfew as violence claims 55 lives

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Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai has imposed a 24 hr curfew on the city of Kaduna and its environs following renewed sectarian violence that has engulfed the city yesterday and claimed at least 55 lives.

Media reports also suggests that there is renewed tension in Kaduna metropolis over insinuations of reprisal of the violence in Kasuwan Magani area of the state on Friday.

The imposition of the curfew was announced in a short message by Governor Nasir el-Rufai, on his verified Twitter handle. “This is a notice of a 24-hour curfew imposed on Kaduna town and environs, with immediate effect. Residents are advised to comply by this directive. The decision has been taken in the best interest of the state,” Governor El-Rufai wrote.

Kaduna State Government had on Friday imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Government Area following the violence. Many residents of Kaduna metropolis, yesterday, rushed indoors as irate youth burnt tyres along Katsina Road, Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Lagos Street and Ahmadu Bello Way.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed a detachment of police investigation team, headed by Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7 to the area to restore peace. Idris,who condemned the latest killings in the state, disclosed that the police have made significant in-roads in the investigation into the incident that claimed over 55 lives.

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