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Curfew in Bauchi as communal clash claims 3 lives

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Three persons were reported dead in a communal clash between Gudum Sayawa and Gudum Hausawa communities in Bauchi, the Bauchi State capital.

The Nation gathered that trouble started on Thursday 10th of March, when youths in Gudum area of Baruch Local Government had a misunderstanding among themselves. This later degenerated into a communal clash which led to violent clashes between youths from Gudum Sayawa and Gudum Hausawa communities on Friday. However, following the civil unrest, the Bauchi State government promptly imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on the area to prevent further escalation.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mohammed Nadada Umar, the curfew is from 6:00pm to 6:00am until further notice. “It would be recalled that on Thursday the 9th May, 2019 at about 09:00 am some youths in Gudum Area of Bauchi Local Government had misunderstanding among themselves. This subsequently escalated into clashes between the youths from Gudum Sayawa and Gudum Hausawa Communities, which resulted into physical skirmishes. However, immediate intervention of the security agencies brought peace in the area. Unfortunately, during Friday prayers there was a reprisal and a counter reprisal which led to the death of three persons.

“Accordingly, in order to prevent further escalation of the situation, Government has decided to impose a dusk to dawn curfew with immediate effect from 6:00pm to 6:00am until further notice in the following Communities Gudum Fulani Gudum HausawaGudum Sayawa and Bigi. The people of the affected communities are therefore advised to strictly observe the restriction. Any person or group of people found to be violating this will be decisively dealt with,” the released said. The Bauchi State Police Command said investigations are still ongoing as the command will do everything possible to ensure that all perpetrators of the crisis are brought to book.

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