COVID-19: Kaduna Sets Up Mobile Courts To Try Violators Of Curfew

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. Photo: Twitter


Kaduna State Government has set up mobile courts to try violators of curfew in its efforts to preserve public safety.

In a letter by the state Solicitor-General, Chris Umar to the Chief Registrar of Kaduna State High Court dated April 22, the decision was taken by the State Executive Council to enforce the executive order.

It will be recalled that the Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe had invoked the 1999 constitution, sections 2 and 8 of the Quarantine Act of 1926 and Kaduna State Public Health Law of 1917, and imposed a lockdown throughout the state, on March 26.

Violations of the restriction of movement order, social distancing and the gathering of large crowds have been reported, and the state government had threatened to sanction traditional leaders of communities where such violations take place.

The Deputy Governor had also threatened to revert to the 24 hour-lockdown, by closing the two-day weekly window of Tuesdays and Wednesdays that allows for residents to re-stock foodstuff.

The Solicitor-General said that the mobile courts will “deal with violators summarily without the need for the present cumbersome procedure of taking offenders to court over such violations.”

According to Umar, magistrates that will preside over the mobile courts have already been assigned by the State Ministry of Justice.

He explained that the  Magistrates will be sitting at various locations across the city starting with Kakuri, Kawo, Magajin Gari, Rigasa, Sabon-Tasha, Maraban Rido and Rigachikun.

VIDEO: Lagos May Impose Curfew Soon To Curb COVID-19 Spread, Says Sanwo-Olu

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.



The Lagos State government is considering the imposition of curfew, as part of efforts to curtail the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu revealed this during a press conference on Friday while giving an update on the disease.

“Are we moving in the direction of curfew soon? Yes, we are,” he said in response to a question on the restriction of movement in Lagos.

He, however, explained that the state government has yet to make the proclamation as certain indices were being expected.

The governor noted that the state government would not hesitate to take the decision to shut down activities if the need arises.

He said, “There are indices that need to happen; there are numbers that we need to see for us to know that we need to shut down everywhere, but we have not seen that number.

“As we are having cases coming in, we are also excited because we are seeing a very positive response and patients also at the edge of being discharged and that for us shows that there are some balances coming in.”

Watch the full video of the governor’s briefing below:

Italy Limits Travel, Bans Public Gatherings Across Whole Country

A general view shows a cafe terrace on Piazza del Duomo by the cathedral in downtown Milan on March 10, 2020. – Italy imposed unprecedented national restrictions on its 60 million people on March 10, 2020 to control the deadly coronavirus, as China signalled major progress in its own battle against the global epidemic. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)


Travel was restricted across Italy from Tuesday and public gatherings were forbidden throughout the country as the government signed off on strict quarantine measures to fight the spread of the new coronavirus.

Marriages and funerals were banned for more than three weeks and bars and restaurants were told to close at 6 pm, with the prime minister urging people to “stay at home”.

The unprecedented measures, in place until April 3, were extended from several large areas of the north to Italy’s entire population of more than 60 million in a decree signed Monday night.

Since the COVID-19 disease first emerged in China late last year, Italy has become Europe’s hardest-hit country and has seen a rapid rise in cases to more than 9,000, with 463 deaths so far.

“All forms of gatherings in public places or sites open to the public” were banned, the decree said, while sporting events of all levels and disciplines were cancelled — stopping play in the top-flight Serie A football league.

Under the new rules, travel is only allowed for the most urgent work or health reasons, but people will be able to return to their own homes from elsewhere.

Schools and universities were closed, while businesses were urged to give their employees leave.

Bars and restaurants were only allowed to open between 6 am and 6 pm, the decree said, and only if it was possible to keep a distance of at least a meter between customers.

Religious institutions will also stay open, as long as people can stay the same distance from each other — but ceremonies such as marriages, baptisms, and funerals are banned.

Supermarkets packed 
The measures extend a quarantine zone that Italy had imposed on Sunday for its industrial northern heartland around the cities of Milan and Venice.

“Today is our moment of responsibility. We cannot let our guard down,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a dramatic evening television address before signing the latest decree.

“Everyone must give up something to protect the health of citizens,” he said, adding that the measures could be summarised as follows: I stay at home”.

However, it was not immediately clear how all the new rules would be enforced.

Trains and numerous flights had continued to operate into and out of Milan on Monday despite the earlier set of restrictions, which carried a fine of more than 200 euros ($230) for people who travelled without a valid reason.

Anyone who wishes to travel is now required to fill out a standardised form justifying their reasons and submit it to authorities at train stations and airports, as well as at major roads between cities.

Supermarkets open overnight in Rome and Naples were packed with residents stocking up on food as well as soap and disinfectant, Italian media reported.

Images showed people waiting calmly in queues outside the shops in the middle of the night, despite the government assuring that supermarkets will still be regularly restocked and asking Italians not to “go mad” with panic buying.

All ski resorts were out of action and cinemas, museums, nightclubs, and similar venues must remain shut after being ordered to close their doors over the weekend, the decree said.

Only sports competitions organised by international bodies will be allowed to go ahead — but without spectators.

– Prison riots –
Italy has the world’s second-oldest population after Japan, according to the World Bank, and older people appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the new coronavirus.

Officials faced a further headache after prisoners fearful of infection protested or rioted in 23 jails across the country — leaving several dead.

Some prisoners have been asking to be granted amnesty over the health crisis.

The government’s first set of restrictions for Italy’s north sent the stock market into a tailspin that saw the Milan exchange lose more than 11 percent on the day.

But the expansion of the northern restrictions to the rest of the country just a day later suggests the government is struggling to cope with the scale of the medical emergency.

Italian health officials had warned on Saturday that the northern Lombardy region was starting to run out of hospital beds for its intensive care patients.

The government also began to recall retired doctors as part of an effort to quickly bolster the health service with 20,000 staff.

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Police Impose Three-Day Curfew After Violence In Bayelsa


The Police in Bayelsa state have imposed three-day dusk to dawn curfew after angry All Progressive Congress (APC) protesters destroyed properties following the Supreme Court ruling which sacked the party’s elected candidate, David Lyon, and his Deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremieoyo.

According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Uche Anozia, who made the announcement on Friday, the curfew will last between 8pm – 6am.

Some Angry group occupied major streets and the Government House on Friday morning, armed with APC flags and bearing placards, protesting the ruling of the apex court.



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PHOTOS: Protesters Destroy Properties At Bayelsa PDP Secretariat

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat in Yenagoa was also not spared as the angry protesters attacked the building destroying properties.

They also stormed the private residence of the former governor of the state, Seriake Dickson, destroying properties belonging to the family of Mr Dickson, and the Bayelsa Broadcasting Corporation and destroyed 10 vehicles and properties.



The protesting members also called for a review of the Supreme court judgement which sacked David Lyon as Bayelsa State governor-elect.

The attacks follow the issuance of Certificate of Return to Senator Douye Diri of the PDP by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, on Friday.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu told journalists during a briefing in Abuja that Diri was declared the winner of the November 2019 election after top INEC officials met to review the results of the election, without the votes of the APC which have been voided by the court.

Taraba Govt Reviews Curfew Imposed On Jalingo, Other LGAs

File Photo: Women In Taraba


The Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku has reviewed the existing curfew imposed on some parts of Jalingo and Ardo Kola Local Government Areas of the state.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity Bala Dan-Abu, the new curfew would take effect between 12:00 am and 6:00 am daily.

He, however, noted that the review does not affect Keke Napep operators and their curfew remains between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am.

The governor further directed security agencies in the state to arrest and ensure the prosecution of Keke Napep operators or anyone who violates the restriction order.

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The development comes two days after the panel set up by the Nigerian Defence Headquarters to investigate the killing of three police officers and a civilian by soldiers in the state, arrived in Jalingo.

Led by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya, the panel arrived at the Taraba Government House on Wednesday where they met with Governor Darius Ishaku behind closed doors.

Govt Imposes Curfew On Gombe Metropolis

Govt Imposes Curfew On Gombe Metropolis


The Gombe State government has imposed a curfew within the state capital.

The acting Secretary to the State Government, James Pisajih, announced the restriction in a statement on Saturday.

He explained that the decision became following the breakdown of law and order in the metropolis.

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Pisajih said the government ordered the restriction of movement in the state capital after consultations with the heads of security agencies in Gombe.

According to him, the curfew will last from 3 pm on Saturday to 6 am on Sunday while the situation will be reviewed thereafter.

The Secretary to the State Government, however, noted that only those on essential duties with proof would be allowed any form of movement.

Violence broke out in the state capital as the bodies of the slain nine members of the Boys and Girls Brigade in the state were to be buried.

Some members of the brigade and other youths had staged a procession in the metropolis to honour their slain colleagues.

In the process, another group of people intercepted the demonstrators and prevented them from continuing with the procession.

The incident turned violent but was later brought to calm following the intervention of security operatives.

Read the full statement by the government below:

After due consultations with the Heads of Security Agencies in the state in response to the prevailing security situation in the state, especially Gombe metropolis, His Excellency, Dr Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo OON (Talban Gombe), the Governor, has approved the imposition of curfew in Gombe metro with immediate effect (3pm) today 27th April 2019 to 6am tomorrow 28th April 2019. The situation will be reviewed after the restoration of normalcy.

By my Paragraph I above, therefore, only officials on essential services are allowed any form of movement, and must produce evidence of such.

James Pisajih (JP)

Ag. Secretary to the State Government

27th April 2019.

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Sri Lanka Imposes Curfew After Deadly Attacks

Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP


Sri Lanka’s government imposed a nationwide curfew Sunday that police said would go into effect immediately and would last “until further notice”, after a string of deadly blasts.

Sri Lanka’s defence ministry initially said the curfew would be imposed overnight, but the police subsequently said it would go into effect straight away.

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Nearly 160 people were killed Sunday in eight attacks targeting churches and hotels across the country, with hundreds of people injured.


Taraba Govt Lifts Curfew In Jalingo After One Week

Taraba Govt Lifts Curfew In Jalingo After One Week
Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file)


The Taraba State Government has lifted the curfew imposed on Jalingo after one week.

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Darius Ishaku, Hassan Mijinyawa, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

“The curfew earlier imposed on Jalingo, the Taraba state capital has been lifted with effect from today, Tuesday 19th March 2019,” the statement said.

The government had imposed the curfew on the state capital as a result of the violence that trailed the aftermath of the governorship and state house of assembly elections in the state.

Governor Ishaku, however, directed the heads of various security agencies to intensify surveillance in flashpoints in the state.

He thanked the residents of Jalingo for their cooperation while the curfew lasted.

Read the full statement below:

The curfew earlier imposed on Jalingo, the Taraba state capital has been lifted with effect from today, Tuesday 19th March 2019.

However, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has directed the commissioner of police, the commandant of the civil defence and other security agencies to intensify security surveillance and patrol especially in the flashpoint areas of the state capital.

Governor Ishaku further thanked the people of the state for their understanding and corporation with the security agencies while the curfew lasted.


Hassan Mijinyawa

Chief press secretary to the Taraba state Governor.

Attacks: Kaduna Govt Imposes Curfew On Troubled Areas


The Kaduna state government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in Kajuru local government area of the state where there has been a series of attacks recently.

A statement by the spokesman of  the state government, Samuel Aruwan, says
security assessments have necessitated the imposition of a dusk to dawn curfew in all parts of Kajuru Local Government Area, effective from today, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

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According to Mr. Aruwan, the dusk to dawn curfew is also extended to Kujama and Maraban Rido, which are located in Chikun Local Government.

It further states that the curfew in the affected areas will be from 6 pm to 6 am daily, until further notice.

The government has directed security agencies to ensure strict enforcement of the curfew and however appealed to all residents and communities in the affected areas to bear with the inconveniences.

Taraba Govt Relaxes 24-Hour Curfew In Jalingo

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The Taraba State Government has relaxed the 24 hours curfew imposed on Jalingo, the state capital.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by Hassan Mijinyawa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Darius Ishaku, the curfew now runs 6:00 pm to 4:00 am.

According to him, business activities are expected to resume as normal.

The development comes barely 48 hours after the state government imposed a curfew in the capital.

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Mijinyawa had earlier stated that the curfew that began on March 11 would be reinforced until further notice.

All business activities are expected to resume and civil servants should report to their duty posts.

The government also announced that some INEC officials, key agents of political parties and observers involved in the collation of election results are exempted.



The Taraba State Government has relaxed the 24 hours curfew imposed on Jalingo the state capital.

The curfew now runs from 6:00 pm to 4:00 am.

All business activities are expected to resume and civil servants should report to their duty posts.


Hassan Mijinyawa


Taraba Govt Imposes Dusk To Dawn Curfew On Jalingo

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Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file)


The Taraba State Government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Jalingo, the state capital.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Mijinyawa, said the curfew will take effect from today, March 11, 2019, until further notice.

According to the statement, it is expected to run from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am daily. However, some INEC officials, key agents of political parties and observers involved in the collation of election results are exempted.

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The state governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku, has, therefore, enjoined the people of the state to remain law abiding.

He also called on security agencies to ensure strict compliance.

El-Rufai Imposes Curfew On Kaduna Metropolis

Kaduna Violence: Govt Imposes Curfew On Capital
A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir-El-Rufai // Source – @elrufai


The Kaduna State government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state capital, two days after dozens of people were killed in Kasuwa Magani village.

The state governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai, disclosed this via his verified Twitter account on Sunday.

This follows heightened tension over anticipated reprisal by a group of youths as residents reportedly scamper for safety.

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Consequently, a combined team of security operatives including soldiers, police and operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been deployed in the state capital.

The security personnel have taken over the major roads and flashpoints in the metropolis, to avert any form of breakdown of law and order.

No fewer than 55 lives were lost, and several others injured when some youths attacked the market on Thursday.

A vehicle damaged during the clash in Kaduna State (file)


The incident was said to have resulted in a crisis between two youth groups of different religion.

During his visit to the scene, Governor El-Rufai told reporters that many of the victims were people who visited the market.

He noted the government would not allow a reoccurrence of such an incident, adding that he had instructed relevant authorities to ensure that the culprits were arrested and brought to justice.

The governor had also assured the residents that his administration would act in the interest of peace and harmony by prosecuting those responsible for the violence.

In February 2018, several shops, vehicles and other valuables were destroyed during a clash between youths of different religions.