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Curfew In Kaduna: I Have Buhari’s Support – El-rufa’i Declares

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SAN FRANCISCO, December 23, (THEWILL) – Governor Nasir El-Rufa'i of Kaduna State has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed the 24-hour curfew imposed on Zangon-Kataf, Kaura and Jema'a local government areas of Kaduna State.

El-Rufa'i made this known after a closed door meeting with the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, revealing that the president had enjoined the state government to do all it could in restoring peace and stability in the state.

“‎I came to brief the president about the situation in Southern Kaduna, what happened in the last few days and outlined to him the measures we have been taking as state government with the support of the Nigerian army, the Nigerian Police and the Department of State Security (DSS),” he said.

“The President has given us unqualified support to stabilise the state and bring all those responsible for the violation our laws to justice.

“So, we have the full support of the President to move on and we are quite confident that things will return to normal very soon.

“Well, we have curfew even on Christmas day but it is for twelve hours. People will be able to get out in the morning at 6am and be back at 6pm , it is because of the security situation.

“I don't think the state government should be blamed, those responsible for the violence that broke out in those parts of the state should be held responsible for that.

“We have not imposed curfew in other parts of the state, we had to impose curfew here because of the situation that was caused by irresponsible behaviour by certain people.”

THEWILL recalls that the convoy of the governor was attacked and some of the vehicles damaged when demonstrators reportedly pelted it with stones on Tuesday , in Kafanchan, Jema'a local government area of the state, while an innocent man was killed on Monday .

The Kaduna government then declared a 24-hour curfew in Zangon-Kataf, Kaura and Jema'a LGAs to check possible outbreak of violence in the affected areas.

Story by Oputah David