Bauchi crisis: Gov imposes 12-hour curfew

The Bauchi State Government  has imposed a 12-hour curfew in some parts of Bauchi following the crisis that erupted in the capital city on Sunday night.

A  fight  between two men over a lady  at a birthday party in Lushi Ward in Bauchi reportedly  sparked a  clash  between some Muslim  and  Christian youths, leading to the loss of lives and the burning of houses.

Spokesman for the police in the state,  Kamal Abubakar,  on Monday confirmed that  three  persons  were killed, with eight others injured and two houses burnt  during the crisis.

He  added  that 75 suspects  had been arrested by the police.

In a  statewide broadcast, Governor Abdullahi Abubakar   said the curfew was necessary to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

He named   the areas affected by the the curfew as  Yelwa Tsakani, Ungwan Kusu, Ungwan Ngas, Lushi and Yelwa Kagadama.

The governor  said,  “A sad development on Sunday  occurred,  following a misunderstanding between some youths around Yelwa Tsakani and Lushi communities during a  birthday party.

“This degenerated into a communal crisis leading to the loss of  three lives  and destruction of two houses at Yelwa Tsakani settlement.”

He  lamented the incident  came at a time when the Federal Government was taking steps  to restore peace  to  some parts of the country ravages by communal conflicts

The governor said, “As you all know, Bauchi State is known for its peaceful coexistence and law-abiding disposition. We must therefore not allow disgruntled elements who may want to sow seeds of discord among us.

“I personally inspected the area yesterday (Monday) and saw things for myself. I had to appeal to the warring communities for calm.”
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