Kaduna streets deserted as security agents enforce curfew

Streets in Kaduna were deserted on Wednesday as security agents strictly enforced the 24-hour curfew in the state.

The state government on Tuesday reinstated the 24-hour curfew in the state following fresh violence in parts of the metropolis.

Shops and property worth millions of Naira were destroyed while several persons sustained varying degrees of injuries during the violence which stalled government and commercial activities in the city.

Only security agents, comprising the police, army, civil defence corps and others providing essential services were seen plying the streets.

Police helicopters were seen hovering around the state capital to assist in monitoring the situation, while armoured vehicles and others carrying armed personnel were moving round the city to ensure strict compliance with the curfew.

Road blocks were mounted on strategic points while junctions, commercial and public places were heavily guarded.

Passenger and haulage vehicles coming from parts of the North heading to Abuja and the south were parked at the road blocks as they were not allowed to pass through the state capital.

Bread and other essential items provided by retailers have been exhausted while perishable commodities abandoned in the markets have gone bad due to the curfew.

Similarly, water supply has been disrupted as residents were seen in some areas fetching water from commercial boreholes while electricity supply has also been affected.

The state government on Sunday imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state following attacks on three churches in Zaria and Kaduna by suicide bombers.

The curfew was, however, relaxed on Monday following the return of peace in Trikania and Gonin Gara areas, where irate youths embarked on reprisal attacks.

However, the 24-hour curfew was reinstated on Tuesday as a result of fresh violence which erupted in some places located in the central area of the city.

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