Dusk to Dawn curfew imposed on Lafia, Nasarawa, after deadly violence

tanko Al-Makura
Governor Tanko Umaru Al-Makura

Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, after deadly clashes broke out Monday with at least one death reported.

The curfew will be between the hours of 6p.m. and 6a.m., Yakubu Lamai, the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor told PREMIUM TIMES.

Fresh violence erupted in Lafia Monday as rival youth groups clashed. Earlier report said some youth went after residents who are of Eggon ethnic extraction.

The crisis grounded economic activities as shops owners closed for the day.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the youth were on revenge mission over the near invasion of the palace of the Emir of Lafia, Isah Mustapha Agwai I, by youth suspected to be Eggon on Sunday. That incident led to the death of two people.

Gunmen had on Sunday attacked Alakyo village, which is the ancestral home of the spiritual leader of Ombatse militia Lega Agu also known as Baba Alakyo.

Alakyo is the village were over 89 Nigerian security operatives were killed last year by the Ombatse militia group.
The spokesperson for the governor could not confirm reports that Baba Alakyo, the spiritual leader of Ombatse militia group, was killed during the invasion of the Alakyo village by gunmen.

Mr. Lamai said that the curfew will ensure that people do not leave their communities to attack others elsewhere.
“What we mean is that people can move in their own areas but should not cross over to other areas that are not theirs and this is only applicable to Lafia the state capital alone,” Mr. Lamai said.

Mr. Lamai also said that Al-Makura has gone round town to see for himself first-hand information of what happened after fresh fighting in Lafia on Monday morning.


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  • Chris1408

    Nigerian politicians are creating this violence and unrest. Due poverty and illiteracy, the youths are now killers and political thugs.

    • Otile

      Poverty and illiteracy do not the cause of Islamic terrorism. Islam is the problem, call a spade a spade.

      • Troublesome

        Otile, mind what you say about islam. if someone should say sometin about christianity, u will start hitting your head on the ground. Be mindful of your utterances.

        • Otile

          All I am saying is that poverty and unemployment abound everywhere in the world. This does not give a religious group the right to go on rampage terrorizing and killing people. Muslims are the only group in modern times that hide under religion to terrorize people.

      • Guguru

        Otile,

        “The other day, a crowd of Berom Christian youths butchered over 100
        Fulani Muslims as they were praying in Jos after which they roasted and
        ate them. It was filmed. Today, a rocket was fired into an Islamic
        school in the same Jos and children were targeted for death as they were
        writing their exams. This barbarous descent into madness must stop. I
        weep for Nigeria.”

        Nigerian Punch, July 2012, “Nigeria: Gradual descent into the Hades!”

        • Otile

          This is news to every Nigerian. Nobody else is aware of such attacks in Gongola state in recent memory. Rather we heard that Madinatul Islam has been recaptured by Federal troops. Is that what you are talking about?

          • Guguru

            Otile,

            I believe you can read. Since when did Jos turn to Gongola in your eyes? Did you not see that the article was a 2012 article? What part of the article I provided confuses you or is indecipherable by you?

          • Otile

            You see, you Northerners are constantly changing names of known places on us. At one time you named the present Adamawa and Taraba states Gongola state. Now the killing and beheading are happening in the defunct Gongola state. So don’t blame me for reading it that the beheading is happening in what you used to call Gongola.

          • Guguru

            I never mentioned Gongola State, and how you determined if I was a Muslim or not, remains a mystery. I have no idea why you have allowed yourself to be fed falsehoods by invisible people.

      • Aminu

        Islam is the religion of all the prophet sent by Allah from Adam to Muhammed ,Jesus exclusive,the 10. Commandment of Moses which Jesus said he came to uphold is a comprehensive guidance(sharia to all faithfuls throughout generation).But Heathen Gentiles like you can and will never understand that,because Jesus said I have not been sent to the Gentiles but to the lost sheep of Israel.So stop wasting your time calling Jesus and Holy Spirit another God besides Jehovah

      • Aminu

        Islam is the religion of all the prophets sent by Allah from Adam to Muhammed ,Jesus inclusive,the 10. Commandment of Moses which Jesus said he came to uphold is comprehensive guidance(sharia to all faithfuls throughout generation).But Heathen Gentiles like you can and will never understand that,because Jesus said I have not been sent to the Gentiles but to the lost sheep of Israel.So stop wasting your time calling Jesus and Holy Spirit another Gods besides Jehovah

  • Guguru

    What is interesting in this case is how Jonathan said in 2013 that if Nasaraw had voted PDP, that they would not be having violence. By 2014, the PDP tried impeaching Al-Makura the way they did Nyako in Adamawa State. They failed in their first effort. They are now on the second effort to try to impeach Al-Makura, by removing the judge who can constitute the panel to consider impeachment. This current violence and many other violence related to castle rustlers are all part of the political game being played by the PDP to destabilize Nasarawa State.

    • Otile

      Don’t place Al Mai-Kura’s failures on Great Jonah.

      • Guguru

        No is placing anyone’s failure on Jonathan. We are simply recalling Jonathan’s staid approach to allowing terrorism to flourish as never before.

    • Ide4u

      True talk!! GEJ’s handlers have been working overtime. He released one of his goons from his cabinet, Labaran Maku, just to disstabilize Nasarawa State.

  • Danlami

    AL Makura is a total failure. In all the years our state was under PDP rule, we have never seen this kind of violence. Only after ALmakura became governor with the massive support of the eggon/ombatse people. Now that the Eggon too want to be governor, he is no longer friends with them so Almakura plans to eradicate them before the elections.

    • Aminu

      Tell Eggon to stop killing Fulani and thier property,to also stop killing and maiming other ethnic groups in Nassarawa that are not Eggon,tell Eggon to apologize to family of all the security personnel the killed few months ago,tell Eggon to embrace peace with all as there is no monopoly of violence.So when that is done there is no need to blame the Governor again

  • Danlami

    ALMAKURA is the worst thing that has happened to Nasarawa state….. Innocent Blood everywhere.

  • olawale

    the president and the entire PDP are doing nothing about insurgency….they are after re electing…..CHANGE.

  • No Comment

    “Baba Alakyo, the spiritual leader of the Ombatse, an Eggon
    group, was feared killed alongside the village head in an early morning raid on
    Alakyo, near Lafia, Nasarawa State yesterday, Daily Trust learnt. Barrister
    Zachary Zamani Allumaga, Legal Adviser of the Ombatse group which has been
    proscribed by the state government, said information available to him showed
    that Baba Alakyo and the village head of Alakyo were killed in the raid which
    he blamed on the Fulani.”

    • Agwai

      If this is true, the Eggon youths will seek a pound of flesh through mayhem.
      The Eggon ancestral shrine is burnt; the Eggon spiritual leader is killed,
      and the village head of Eggon is also killed. That’s a cultural decimation.

  • OLUWATOBI

    All is politics….the PDP led administration are trying to manipulate next year general election.

    • Adeseye Olamiti

      Oluwatobi,

      No, no, no. This is a parody of politics. Nigerians are not entitled to their own sub-human definition.
      All over the world politics means a contest of ideas on how best to lift all boats in a society for peace.
      Nigeria, by contrast is a psychiatric case. Those in sinking boats don’t care at all for their own lives.
      Folks brace to behead them, they don’t care. Losing their heads is fun to them – it’s politics they say.
      The treasury to finance society’s comforts is stolen away, yet they don’t care. So what matters to them?
      Politics is an activity only for human beings. Politics is not for sub-humans who exhibit no feelings at all.

      • Dammy

        “The only way to stop us from stealing is to stone us. The Nigerian followers
        are as guilty as the Nigerian leaders. The Nigerian institutions are all compromised
        and there is no alternative to them as it is. Nigerians appear not to be against stealing
        and corruption but only against how long you stay stealing and being corrupt.
        Don’t ever expect those in public office to fight corruption on these facts.”

        ….…..Governor Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers state)

        (June 30th, 2014)

  • Dan Fulani

    Eggons, you are on your own. You can’t kill the security operatives and expect them to protect you now. This is just the beginning.

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  • OMOLOYIN

    Dusk to dawn curfew imposed by who? the answer is ironical (when we realize it), our government is not ready to find solution to the violence cos right now they are concerned with re-election.
    #Jonathanmustgo