24-hour cur­few de­clared in Kafan­chan

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Mis­bahu Bashir & Sun­day Isuwa, Kaduna

Au­thor­i­ties in Jema’a LGA of Kaduna State yes­ter­day im­posed a 24-hour cur­few on Kafan­chan town fol­low­ing clashes that erupted af­ter some Fu­lani men were al­legedly ar­rested with arms.

32 Fu­lani people trav­el­ling in a truck were ar­rested at Madakiya-Kafan­chan junc­tion around 10am by soldiers al­legedly in pos­ses­sion of arms. Vi­o­lence erupted later.

Chair­man of the lo­cal govern­ment, Mr. Daniel Amos, said the cur­few was im­posed be­cause vi­o­lence erupted when res­i­dents were pre­vented by soldiers from to lynch­ing the sus­pects.

“We de­clared the cur­few to en­able se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives take firm con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion. The sus­pects were dis­cov­ered to be in pos­ses­sion of dane-guns, knives, ma­chetes, bows and ar­rows at a check­point where they were ar­rested”, he said.

The ar­rested sus­pects ac­cord­ing to the chair­man were taken to a mil­i­tary base in Kafan­chan for fur­ther in­ter­ro­ga­tion when a mob at­tempted to kill them. Soldiers fired warn­ing shots to dis­perse the crowd. Two people were al­legedly shot dead and one per­son was said to have sus­tained bul­let wounds on the leg. A res­i­dent said the truck con­vey­ing the people was trailed to Ka­man­ton-Kaduna road by a man who later alerted the soldiers.

Ear­lier, a youth leader in the area, Mr Yashim Bon­nat said items re­cov­ered from the sus­pect s in­cluded 12 AK-47 rif­fles, 13 den guns, bag of am­mu­ni­tion, ma­chetes, knives, and ex­plo­sives. The mil­i­tary men dis­played the arms and made the men to seat in front.

The chair­man of the Miyetti Al­lah Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (MACBAN) Al­haji Ah­madu Suleiman said those ar­rested were ac­tu­ally mi­grant fam­i­lies who were on their way to new set­tle­ments. He said the sus­pects were be­ing ques­tioned at a mil­i­tary unit in Kafan­chan when a mob emerged and de­manded to take them away and the soldiers re­fused. Gover­nor Mukhtar Ra­malan Yero called on people to re­main calm and law abid­ing as govern­ment is do­ing all within its pow­ers to sus­tain peace.

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