Governor Ikpeazu Declares Three-Day Curfew In Aba

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Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State Government has declared a curfew in Aba amid growing security concerns in the state.

The curfew is in reaction to reported clashes between some groups in the state, especially Sunday’s altercation between members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and troops of the Nigerian Army, the governor said in a statement.

Under the curfew, residents of Aba are to remain indoors from 6 pm to 6 am starting from today (September 12) until Thursday. September 14, 2017.

There has been an upsurge in the activities of IPOB in the state since the release of the group’s leader, Mr Nnamdi Kanu, on bail.

The Nigerian Army has also increased its activities in the South East with the launch of Operation Python Dance II on Friday.

In a statement declaring the curfew, Governor Ikpeazu said the government had monitored the “frenzy of activities of members of IPOB within Afara – Umuahia, the ancestral home of the leader of IPOB for some months now”, and that it is equally aware of the army’s operation in the state and South-East region.

Concerning Sunday’s clash, he said, “The recent confrontation between the Nigerian Army and members of IPOB on Sunday, 10th September 2017, could presumably be attributed to the commencement of the said Operation Python Dance II.”

Also, the governor called for caution by all parties and respect for the country’s laws.

“The Abia State Government unequivocally states that Abia is a component State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and subscribes to the supremacy of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and all other extant laws,” he said.

“While the Government of Abia State recognises the right of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies, to perform their statutory duty of protection of lives and property of Nigerian citizens, such duties must be carried out within acclaimed Nigerian and international standards of engagement with the civil populace, with due respect to the human rights of citizens and sanctity of human lives.”

Southern Kaduna Conflict: El-Rufai Lifts Curfew In Two LGAs

Southern Kaduna Attacks: El-Rufai Orders Arrest Of Suspected MastermindsThe Kaduna State government has lifted the curfew imposed on two Local Government areas in the Southern part of the State.

The two Local Government areas are Jema’a and Kaura.

The curfew in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area was lifted earlier.

This is coming barely two weeks after the Nigerian Army launched the operation ‘Harbin Kunama to flush out bandits and criminal elements in Southern Kaduna.

A statement by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said the curfew imposed on the two LGAs in December 2016 and in early this year following renewed crisis, was lifted based on the recommendation of the Kaduna State Security Council.

The statement read in part, “Today’s meeting received and reviewed reports from the security agencies which pointed to improvements in the security situation. Therefore, the council upheld the security recommendation that the curfew be removed with immediate effect.

“The State Security Council expressed the hope that all communities in the area will embrace the opportunities offered by the improved security situation to make sustained moves for peace and harmony.”

The security council meeting, which was chaired by El-Rufai, had in attendance the Commander 1 Division Garrison, Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen Ismaila Isa; Representative of the Commandant, Nigerian Navy School of Armament, Capt SM Ochidi; and the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Agyole Abeh, and heads of other security agencies in the state.

Burden Of Feeding Over 500,000 IDPs Getting Unbearable – Borno Govt.

BornoThe Borno State Government says that more than $20million would be needed to resettle those displaced by the Boko Haram violence in their homelands.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, told a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, led by its President, Mr. Peter Maurer, in Maiduguri, that the state government needs the assistance of the federal government and international donor agencies to rehabilitate the internally displaced persons.

The Governor lamented that since the displacement of many residents from their communities by the Boko Haram militants, the state government had shouldered the responsibility of feeding the IDPs through the State Emergency Management Agency.

He admitted, however, that military troops had liberated most of the communities under the control of Boko Haram in the state.

He added that the government and the IDPs found it difficult to go back to their homes and go about their normal lives due to security reports that most of the roads and streets, leading to the affected communities and their farmlands, were not safe as Improvised Explosive Devices and land mines were planted by the fleeing terrorists.

The President of the ICRC, Mr Maurer said that they came to the state to personally see the IDPs and hear from them, particularly of their conditions.

He said this might inform the action of the organisation to considerably increase its humanitarian gestures as a result of the renewed attacks and killings by the sect.

Borno Government Relaxes Curfew From 12Noon To 5PM

CurfewThe government in Borno State has relaxed the curfew in the state from 12noon to 5pm.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri reports that the 12noon to 5pm curfew may be to pave way for the jumaat prayers.

There was an attack on Kayamla village on Wednesday. The attackers launched the offensive through an area called “Cashew Plantation” behind Giwa Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army.

The attack by the insurgents and subsequent bombardment by the military had resulted to an earlier 24 hour curfew declaration.

Meanwhile as the curfew enters its day two, villagers of Bale-Galtimari and Bale-Shuwari have reported the killing of 28 locals during an attack in their areas on Wednesday evening.

They said insurgents attacked their villages, burnt houses and rustled large number of cows.

According to them it was after the invasion of these villages that the insurgents moved towards the cashew farm near Kayamla where they were engaged by military forces.

Only recently, the military announced that it had raided Sambisa Forest, believed to be the last stronghold of the terrorists, and rescued numerous women and children as well.

The Boko Haram militants have suffered losses in recent times, following a fresh onslaught by the Nigerian military, leading to the recapture of territories formerly controlled by the insurgents and the rescue of over a thousand people held in captivity in various locations in the northeast.

Boko Haram: Army Imposes Curfew On Maiduguri

Boko HaramThe Army has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in Nigeria’s north east region, after Wednesday’s attack on Kayamla village.

Before now the curfew was 7pm to 6am.

Some residents told Channels Television that the attackers launched the offensive through an area called “Cashew Plantation” behind Giwa Barracks, the headquarters of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri, Blessing Tunor, said that sounds of heavy gunshot were heard from the direction of the barracks on Wednesday and residents took to their heels to avoid being caught in the crossfire.

Only recently, the military announced that it had raided Sambisa Forest, believed to be the last stronghold of the terrorists, and rescued numerous women and children as well.

The Boko Haram militants have suffered losses in recent times, following a fresh onslaught by the Nigerian military, leading to the recapture of territories formerly controlled by the insurgents and the rescue of over a thousand people held in captivity in various locations in the northeast.

Kaduna Twin Explosion: Yero Imposes 24 Hour Curfew

Suicide-car-bomberKaduna state Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, has declared a 24 hour curfew on Kaduna metropolis following the twin bomb explosion that left over 72 people dead in Kaduna Metropolis on Wednesday, July 23.

Yero, who pronounced the curfew with immediate effect, said it was to enable security agencies restore normalcy in the state.

In a Statement signed by his Director General, Media and Publicity, Malam Ahmed Maiyaki, the Governor said the blasts were clear manifestation of the resolve by ‘agents of darkness’ to soak the land with blood of innocent people for no just cause.

He said the blast coming in the Holy Month of Ramadan, is a clear indication that those behind the act have no iota of fear of God as they have none for the sanctity of human life.

The Governor then urged the entire people in the State to be more vigilant with happenings around them and to also avoid unnecessary crowded areas.

The two bomb blasts were reportedly targeted at a former head of state, General Muhammdu Buhari and a prominent Islamic preacher, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi as they exploded about just one hour minutes apart.

Channels Television’s Chimezie Enyiocha reports that the first explosion occurred at Alkali road, near Kaduna State House of Assembly at about 12:30 in the afternoon, when a young boy primed with explosives round his body attempted to ram into the convoy of the Islamic preacher who was returning from where he delivered a Ramadan lecturer at Murtala Square.

25 people were killed and 14 others injured in the first explosion.

An hour later, another one went off at Kawo area, near the 1division Headquarters of Nigerian Army when a Sienna car attempted to ram into the convoy of General Buhari.

She also reports that although the former head of state escaped death,  his bullet proof SUV was badly damaged.

She further however noted that, his security aides who were in the two other Jeeps were all feared dead.

Over 50 People were feared killed in the second blast while scores were seriously injured. Many vehicles and nearby buildings were also affected.

24 Hour Curfew Imposed In Kaduna Community As Two Die In Youth Protest

Military CurfewKaduna State government today imposed a 24 hour-curfew in Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State, after angry youths protested over the alleged shooting to death of two people who were among the crowd that wanted to kill the 32 suspected Fulani gunmen who had been arrested by soldiers with weapons in Kafanchan on Wednesday morning.

The incident was said to have occurred when the former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari was passing through the area while on his way to donate relief materials to people who were displaced during last two weeks attack in Kaura local government area of the state.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that trouble started when the youth demanded that the soldiers should hand over the suspects to them, which the soldiers vehemently declined, and in the process of trying to disperse the crowd, the soldiers  allegedly shot two persons. The shooting was said to have triggered some kind of protest as the angry youth barricaded the road.

Natives said about 12 AK riffles, 13 dane guns, a bag of ammunition, all kinds of machetes and other dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects at a checkpoint in Kafanchan.

Although the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Aminu Lawan, said that the entire incident had to do with the Nigerian Army and not the Police, Spokesman of the One Mechanised Division of Nigerian Army, Colonel Usman Abdul confirmed the incident but did not give the full details of what happened.

The Chairman of Jema’a Local Government Area,  Mr Daniel Amos said the decision to impose a 24 hour curfew was done  with the permission of the state government, and was done to forestall a breakdown of law and order.

JTF Relaxes Curfew In Yobe to 12 Hours

Military authorities in Yobe state, north-east Nigeria today reviewed the curfew in Yobe state from the initial hours of 7:00 Am to 4:00 PM daily to 6:00AM to 6:00 PM daily.

A statement by the spokesman of the 3 Division Battalion, Damaturu, Captain Eli Lazaru said  “the curfew in Yobe state has been reviewed. The curfew is now from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Citizens are expected to abide by the new curfew time”.

A 24 hour curfew was imposed on the state eight days ago after the state capital was attacked by suspected members of Boko Haram group and was later reviewed to 7: 00 AM to 4:00 PM daily until this review.

Normalcy has since been restored to the state.


JTF Imposes 24 Hour Curfew In Potiskum

Barely two days to the Muslim ed-el –ftr Sallah celebration, the Military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe state has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the troubled commercial town of the state.

A statement made available to journalists by the JTF spokesman, Captain Eli Lazarus said the curfew commences from 5th of August 2013 and enjoined residents to remain calm and cooperate with security agencies by remaining indoors until the curfew is lifted.

“The Joint Task Force announces the imposition of 24 hour curfew in Potiskum commencing from today (6th) August 2013

“Residents of Potiskum town are enjoined to remain calm and cooperate with security agencies until the curfew is lifted”

It will be recalled that Yobe state has long being under a dusk to dawn curfew as a strategy to curb the activities of the insurgents and the time got reviewed between the hours of 10:00PM to 6:00 AM daily just a week ago.

Potiskum has over the years remained one of the flash points of the radical Islamists, Boko Haram, since the commencement of the insurgency.

Early this year, the entire state had remained under 24 hour curfew for three days as a measure to trap the sect in their hideouts with the aim of recovering arms and ammunition, a style that has always caused clash between the sect members and security forces.

Military troops were sighted in their hundreds along Maiduguri-Damaturu-Potiskum road hours before the announcement of the curfew was made.

Yobe: JTF In Five Hour Gunfight With Boko Haram

Residents of Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, have reported what they believe to have been a gun battle between security forces and members of the Boko Haram, which lasted for over 5 hours on Sunday night.

The relative peace currently being enjoyed in Damaturu the Yobe state capital suffered a setback as sound of gunshots were heard throughout the night.

Sporadic gunshots were heard within the Damaturu metropolis from 9pm and lasted for over five hours.

Although an official statement is still being expected from either the Joint Task Force (JTF) or the police on the cause of the gunshots, residents believe it was a clash between security forces and the radical Islamic sect; the Boko Haram.

Yobe State government had four days ago reviewed the restriction of movement from 9pm to 6am in Damaturu, while curfew in other towns remained 6pm to 6am daily.

The last time gunshots were heard in Damaturu was 9 months ago when a field commander of the radical sect; Bakaka was killed in a gun duel with JTF at Khandahar area of Damaturu.


JTF Imposes 24-Hour Curfew In Parts Of Maiduguri Metropolis

In order to sustain special operations in the face of the recent Boko Haram attack in some areas in the Maiduguri metropolis, the Military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State has imposed an indefinite 24-hour curfew in 12 wards of Maiduguri metropolis, according to a statement issued today by the spokesman of the JTF; Lieutenant Sagir Musa.

The affected wards are:  Gamboru, Mairi Kuwait, Bakin Kogi, Kasuwan Shanu, Ruwan Zafi, 202 Quarters, Dikwa Quarters, Low-cost Sinimari, 505 Housing Estate, Chad Basin Area, 303 Housing Estate and Baga road.

Lieutenant Sagir Musa further appealed to the public to continue to cooperate with the security agencies by providing credible and timely information which can assist in bringing lasting peace to the state and the country at large.

The imposition of the 24- hour curfew comes five days after the president Dr Good luck Jonathan declared state of emergency in three north-east states of the country.

Since the declaration, the troops has made sure that the sect members have no resting place as they have been forced to abandon their hideouts located in some forest areas in Gwoza, Bama and other areas of Borno and the other two states.

GSM Network Breaks Down In Yobe, Borno

Three days after the declaration of state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, residents of Yobe and Borno States have continued to live without network on all the GSM Mobile Services in operation in the two states.

In the early hours of Thursday, the residents thought network services would be restored shortly but the situation continued into Friday, causing serious communication problems.

The residents, however, attributed the lack of network services to the activities of security operatives who have been carrying out operations against the dreaded Boko Haram sect, and because there has been no attack on the facilities by the sect members since the pronouncement of the state of emergency in the three states.