Residents defy curfew on Kaduna communities

Kwaru - Unguwar Yero residents defy curfew
Kwaru - Unguwar Yero residents defy curfew

Residents have ignored a curfew imposed on Kwaru and Ungwan Yero communities August 26 by the Kaduna State Government.

The state government announced the restriction on movement in the area after a fight by rival gangs left two youth dead.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai visited the families of the victims following the violence in the two communities in Kaduna North Local Government Area.

After condoling with the families of the deceased, Mr El-Rufai announced the curfew to run between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m and later extended it to 24-hour following a fresh attack by suspected gang members two days later.

The hoodlums went on the rampage in Malali, a neighbouring community to Kwaru-Unguwar Yero, attacking residents.

When PREMIUM TIMES visited the communities, nothing seemed to have changed.

People were going about their normal businesses. As at 12 noon Sunday, shops where opened, buses and motorcycles were operating commuter services without hindrance.

Residents who spoke with our reporter said they were going about their normal businesses because the crisis was since over.

“Yes there is curfew, but as you can see we are not adhering to it because everybody is hungry,” Achi Magnus, a resident of Unguwar Yero, said.

“We have to go out and get what to feed our families with. The government knows that it is the same youth they did not give work to do that are causing this problems. An Idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”

Mr Magnus, an electrician, called on the government to establish vocational centres in the state to engage youth positively.

Hussaini Mukaddas, a community leader at Kwaru, called on the government to review the curfew.

“I think the review of the curfew is due now. That is why residents are not abiding by the order. It was never a religious or communal crisis. It was a gang fight. So people are not worried since the government has Identified the people and made some arrests.

“We are happy here in Kwaru and our neighbors at Unguwar Yero are living peacefully now.”

Many residents who spoke applauded the government for the prompt action taken and called on parents to always know the whereabouts of their children.

Meanwhile, spokesperson to Kaduna State Governor, Samuel Aruwan, said the curfew was still in place.

“The 24-hour curfew is still in place until after the review of the peace status of the areas,” Mr Aruwan told this newspaper on Sunday.


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