Following violence that claimed three lives on Friday in Gudum area of the Bauchi State capital in North-East Nigeria, Governor Mohammed Abubakar has approved the imposition of a dusk to dawn curfew on the affected neighbourhood. The areas affected are Gudum Fulani, Gudum Hausawa, Gudum Sayawa and Bigi.
Trouble started on Thursday at about 9:00 am when some youths in Gudum neighbourhood of Bauchi Local Government Area had a misunderstanding among themselves resulting in physical skirmishes. The situation was immediately brought under control by the security agencies.
On Friday however, there was a reprisal and counter reprisal after the Friday Juma’at prayers leading to the death of three persons. A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Muhammad Nadada Umar, “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”.
The security agencies have been directed to enforce the curfew and deal decisively with ” any person or group of people found to be violating” the restriction of movement. MediaDimensions gathered that some persons running away from the crisis area are now displaced.
A similar curfew was imposed on the Yelwa neighbourhood of the metropolis in a state wide broadcast by the Governor on November 21 after three days of violence to avoid a total breakdown of law and order. The 12-hour curfew was only lifted on January 3. .