Behind locked doors: 24-hour curfew declared in Damaturu

by Stanley Azuakola

At least a curfew is better than coffins. That is probably the reasoning behind the Yobe State government’s decision to declare a 24-hour curfew following Monday’s exchange of fire between security forces and members of the Boko Haram sect.

According to a government statement on Tuesday, the “immediate imposition of a 24-hour curfew within the Damaturu metropolis,” was in view of the “prevailing security situation in the state capital.”

The government need not have even bothered about officially imposing a curfew, as the streets of Damaturu was already void of human movement following Monday night’s ruckus. Not even rescue officials dared come out openly in the streets, which were deemed unsafe.

An official who spoke with AFP said that they had “been holed up in the hospital since yesterday. We can’t leave because it is not safe to go out. The morgue is empty now although there are dead bodies on the street.”

As a result of this, official body count and landmarks affected are still unknown.

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