El-Rufai imposes 24-hour curfew in Kafanchan, more soldiers deployed

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The Kaduna State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew in Kafanchan, the headquarters of Jema’a local government area of the state.

The curfew was imposed on Sunday after youth in the area set up road blocks and burnt vehicles on Kafanchan-Kagoro road, in retaliation of an attack on Saturday in which many people died in Godogodo Chiefdom of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that several people had been killed in the area and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.

According to residents, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES Monday, the youth took to the streets in retaliation of attacks carried out by herdsmen in some villages of the area.

“Kafanchan is still under siege and movement is restricted up till this Monday morning”, a resident, Hamza Maikifi, said. “But it was a disaster for residents since Saturday. Many people lost their lives and properties. Many also sustained injuries,” he said.

Mr. Maikifi also said travellers were attacked in a protest that started as peaceful.

“Youth in the area wanted to show their anger to the government on the activities of herdsmen in some villages of the area when everything went out of control,” he said.

A civil servant, Hannatu Bature, said “even as I am talking to you now, we are hearing of arrival of more soldiers and policemen.

“The government was actually quick to respond to the irate boys, if not, the whole of Kafanchan would have been burnt to ashes.

“Some people were attacking innocent travellers and you know Kaduna; it would have transformed into a religious or ethnic crisis,” Ms. Bature said.

She urged government to “handle this herdsmen-villagers crisis once and for all”.

The interim chairman of Jema’a local government, Bege Katuka, told journalists in Kafanchan that the curfew would remain in force until normalcy was restored.

Mr. Katuka said the measure was to check further breach of the law by youth who were setting up illegal road blocks.

“We have received reports that youth had barricaded Kafanchan-Kagoro road along Garaje area and have burnt cars belonging to innocent persons,’’ he said.

“What is paramount now is the security of lives and property. The security will not relent in its effort to repel the attackers.’’


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  • Kallah Bature

    The irate youth who are always quick to attack innocent travellers who have nothing to do with their internal crisis must be fished out and dealt with decisively,to forestall such senseless act.In future thugs like that will think twice.I believe death penalty is appropriate for people who take the lives of innocent passers-by.Enough is enough.

    • Ali mubi

      Thugs who kill innocent passers-by are nothing but murderers and they should be treated as such.There is nothing sectional about such strife but a calculated attempt to steal.

      • paul

        they killed fulanis, not passers by. I didnt see ur comment when those innocent lives were wasted from saturday. everybody knows how wicked u people are. Backed by your demonic leaders you kill people for pleasure

      • Charles

        The same medicine should also be given to the herdsmen in larger dose. What do you think?

    • Mallam

      The irate youths are cowards. They should go after those that are attacking them – fulani herdsmen period.

      • Otile

        How can they attack the Fulanis, do you want them to be wiped out by sojajin Najeriya? Don’t you know that Buhari is a Fulani man?

      • paul

        That’s de only medicine Kaduna killers take-retaliation! Nobody will seat again and wait for murderers to kill them and go scot free.

    • paul

      the cause is Fulani terrorists who their leader in Aso villa claims are foreigners killing innocent people. The cause must be dealt with not just de fruits plucked out

  • paul

    I wonder why people must convert to Islam. This is a veiled attempt to crush out weak christians whose only crime is their religion. Mr El-rufai (Manafiki) looks the other way each time innocent people are killed in southern Kaduna. Why impose a curfew today? My suggestion is that crocodiles and lions be reared at these flash points. This is one of the solutions Benue is adopting to halt these senseless killings in its domain. They know they cant use the crude means terrorist-in-chief Usmanu Danfodiyo used, hence their resort to these tactics. Every grown muslim know what they are after with these killings. The Irate youths did this to get attention and you see how quick the terrorists commander el-rufai has responded

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    Can El Rufai or somebody else tell me how easy it is to get a gun license in Nigeria?
    Does the law allow one to have a recoilless rifle and display this with impunity in Nigeria?
    Are there laws against civilians gunning down other civilians of a different faith?
    Who is really in charge of Policing in Nigeria?