Insecurity: 4 killed in Taraba as Kaduna imposes 24-hour curfew on Kachia LGA

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Crisis erupted Sunday in Taraba and Kaduna States.

Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked Dinya village in Gassol Local Government Council of Taraba State Sunday killing four persons, police said.

The state police spokesperson, Joseph Kwaji, said the gunmen also set 30 houses on fire.

“The police, on arrival at the scene of the attack, recovered 13 empty shells of AK47 rifle, four cartridges and an assault rifle,” he said.

He said police and army had been drafted to the area.

Daniel Mbaterem, the Ward Head of Danacha, who also confirmed the attack, said the gunmen stormed the village at about 8 a.m. and began killing the villagers and burning houses.

Taraba State has been engulfed in violence for over one month, leading to the death of over 50 people and the destruction of property.

The Jukun, Tiv and Fulani communities recently signed a peace deal to end hostilities in the state.

Curfew in Kaduna

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government on Sunday imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kachia Local Government Area after a fresh wave of violence that left several buildings razed.

The Director-General on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Ahmed Maiyaki, announced this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.

Mr. Maiyaki said the curfew became imperative following crisis in the area which led to the burning of various structures on Sunday.

In an earlier statement, Gov. Mukhtar Yero called on the people to shun attempts to create misunderstanding and confusion in the state.

The governor said the state government had brought the situation under control.

He said the government was already working with all security agencies to ensure the protection of life and property of the people.

“Government will not fold its arms and allow `enemies of peace’ to cause mayhem in our state,” he said.

“I call on all law-abiding citizens to go about their businesses without fear of intimidation as security forces have been directed to deal decisively with trouble makers.

“No matter their status in the society, we will no longer tolerate these acts of unwarranted violence against innocent citizens, enough is enough,” he said.

The governor urged the people in the state to continue to coexist peacefully, irrespective of diversities.

Mr. Yero said that differences in tribe or religion should not affect the common aspirations of the people to live in peace.

“The state government will continue to pursue its peace building agenda and will not rest on its oars until Kaduna is returned to its pre-crises era when all the people lived harmoniously.”

Mr. Yero also urged them to support the ongoing peace building process in the state and contribute their quota toward the goal.

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