By Mijinyawa Ahmed
Governor Isa Yuguda has imposed a 24-hour curfew in three local government areas of Bauchi State.
The affected councils are the state capital, Bauchi; Kirfi; and Alkaleri.
A statement signed and issue by the Acting Secretary to the State Government, Abdu Illehla, said “the curfew was as a result of the ongoing battle between soldiers and Boko Haram fighters.”
Mr. Illehla said the curfew was imposed to enable security agencies to restore normalcy in the area as part of government’s effort to protect lives and property.
The governor’s decision comes despite an earlier allegation by the opposition All Progressives Congress that Mr. Yuguda was planning to impose the curfew so as to manipulate the results of the presidential and parliamentary elections in the state which the opposition appears to be winning.
“We have it on good authority that Governor Yuguda is planning to engineer violence across Bauchi State in order for him to provoke a state of emergency so that elections across the state which put the APC in strong lead in the state would be seen to have been marred by violence.
“We make bold to state that this plot by the Bauchi State governor to write off the electoral wishes of the people is anti-democratic, pernicious, subversive and absolutely unacceptable.
“In the light of this development we call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to be railroaded by the Governor Yuguda and all other anti-democratic forces into taken actions that may jeopardise the tranquillity we have so far enjoyed in the course of this election,” the opposition party stated.