Following the indefinite curfew imposed on Yelwa community, Bauchi State, as result of communal clash, the state authority says it has relaxed the restriction by 12 hours.
Bala Mohammed, the state governor through his Chief of Staff, Aminu Hassan Gamawa, announced the development in a statement dated May 31, 2022. According to the statement, the curfew has been relaxed from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.
WikkiTimes, over the weekend reported that the state government had declared a curfew on the community, following a communal clash that claimed one life, injured four others and got several houses burnt.
The clash was the third similar incident in a row — less than one month — forcing the government to impose a curfew on Warji local government and Gudun Hausa community.
“Giving the fact that Government is on top of the situation, normalcy has been restored to affected areas, thus this is deemed necessary that the imposed curfew be reviewed,” the statement reads in part.
“Consequently, His Excellency, Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir CON, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State has approved the review of the 24-hours curfew imposed on Yelwa and environs to 12-hour curfew, 6pm to 6am.”
Gamawa commended the effort of the security agents, traditional and religious leaders toward the restoration of peace in the affected communities.
In November 2018, the same Yelwa community experienced a crisis in following a fight between two rival groups of youth over a woman at a party. The fracas led to destruction of two houses and a car in the area.
Following the civil unrest of Friday, 27 May, 2022 that was ignited by miscreants in Kagadama, Tsakani and Lushi in Bauchi Local Government Area, the Bauchi State Govemment swiftly responded by deployment of security personnel to the scene, who restored law and order and made some arrests. Accordingly, a full scale investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident has commenced while a 24-hour curfew was imposed.
- Given the fact that Government is on top of the situation, normalcy has been restored to the affected areas, thus it is deemed necessary that the imposed curfew be reviewed. Consequently, His Excellency, Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, CON, the Executive Govemor of Bauchi State has approved the review of the 24 hour curfew imposed on Yelwa and environs to a 12-hour curfew, 6:00pm to 6:00am. The review is to allow law abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses. Government will continue to monitor the situation in order to ensure that peaceful coexistence reigns not only in the affected areas but also in all parts of Bauchi State.
- The efforts of security agencies, traditional institutions and religious bodies toward canvassing for peace and peaceful coexistence is hereby appreciated.
- Thank you.