Zamfara Govt Declares Curfew, Suspends Market Activities In Jangebe Town
The Zamfara State government has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Jangebe town in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Sulaiman Anka, who is the Commissioner for Information in the Zamfara, announced this in a statement obtained by Channels Television on Thursday.
He noted that the government’s decision was in reaction to the unfortunate civil disobedience that took place in the town following the return of the released abducted school children.
The commissioner explained that the curfew, which came into effect on Wednesday, was imposed to prevent any further breach of peace.
“Similarly, there is strong discovered evidence of market activities in the town that aid and abet bandits’ activities in the town and neighbouring communities.
“Consequently, all market activities in the town are hereby suspended until further notice,” he said in the statement.
According to him, the state government is poised to ensure the safety of the lives and properties of the residents at all costs.
As a result of the announcement, Anka called on the Zamfara State Police Command to ensure total enforcement of the government’s directives.
On February 26, Nigerians woke up to the sad news of an attack on the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe by bandits.
While the police authorities in the state said a total of 317 girls were abducted from the schools, some of the schoolgirls were said to have escaped from the armed men.
After spending four nights in the custody of the bandits, the remaining students were released and the state governor, Bello Matawalle, put the figure of those freed at 279.
But the release of the girls was said to have met another unfortunate incident that reportedly led to the death of one person in Jangebe.
The victim was reportedly shot by security operatives who were said to have opened fire after an angry mob kicked against the insistence on a formal handover before the girls’ parents could leave with them.
This prompted the state government to impose a curfew on the town and suspend market activities there to prevent a further breakdown of law and order.