Lafia on lockdown as Nasarawa gov imposes curfew

by Isi Esene

The Nasarawa State Government has announced a dusk to dawn curfew in Lafia after intense violence which claimed at-least one victim.

This measure was announced by Yakubu Lamai, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor who also disclosed that the curfew would run daily from 6pm to 6am.

The violence was said to have erupted as rival youth groups engaged each other in a clash which grounded economic activities in several parts of Lafia, the state capital.

Gunmen had on Sunday attacked Alakyo village, which is the ancestral home of the spiritual leader of Ombatse militia, Lega Agu, also known as Baba Alakyo.

Alakyo is the village were over 89 Nigerian security operatives were killed last year by the Ombatse militia group.

There were rumours that the militia leader had been killed in yesterday’s attack but the government spokesman, Lamai, could not confirm this assertion.

He, however, explained the essence of the curfew saying it is meant to prevent further incidents of violence.

Mr. Lamai said that the curfew will ensure that people do not leave their communities to attack others elsewhere.

According to him: “What we mean is that people can move in their own areas but should not cross over to other areas that are not theirs and this is only applicable to Lafia the state capital alone.”

The governor of the state, Umar Tanko Al-Makura had, on Monday morning, gone round town to gain a first-hand knowledge of the full extent of damage caused by the violence.


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