Curfew imposed on Bwari as Hoodlums Distrupt Xmas Celebrations - Arewa Affairs

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Curfew imposed on Bwari as Hoodlums Distrupt Xmas Celebrations




By Imrana Garba
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has on Monday  imposed a dusk to dawn  curfew on Bwari township.

The Minister of FCTA, Malam Muhammad Bello, after a closed-door meeting with stakeholders in the Area Council, declared the curfew while assessing the damages caused by a crisis that erupted in the town on Monday.
He told newsmen that three people died during the incidence.
The curfew followed a criss that erupted between cultists  groups  in the town on Christmas day.
NAN learnt that the crisis broke out in the early hours of the morning when some suspected groups of cultists stormed the centre of the town, forming barricades and burning car tires at major junctions.
The rioters deprived commuters and motorists of access to public roads and forced many residents to remain indoor.
Emergency workers have since started to put out fires that razed the Bwari market while the FCT Police Command said it has begun investigation to ascertain those behind the rampage.
Cultists Distrupt Christmas Celebrations in FCT 
Christmas celebrations were on Monday disrupted by some suspected cultists in Bwari, headquarters of the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
NAN learnt that the crisis broke out in the early hours of the morning when some suspected groups of cultists stormed the centre of the town, forming barricades and burning car tires at major junctions, depriving commuters and motorists access to the roads.
Consequently, Christian worshipers who were holding Church services were seen running in different directions for safety.
A source at the Emir of Bwari’s place, told NAN that the crisis erupted because a member of the groups was allegedly murdered on Sunday, leading to a protest by the others.
An eye witness, Mr Kunle Joshua, said the mob moved from the market side of the town towards the Emir’s palace, while setting few shops on fire.
 Reports indicate that officers of the Nigerian Police Force and the military controlled the situation while residents remained indoors but some members regrouped on the road, forcing motorists to divert or return abruptly.
Many of the Abuja-bound motorists, who fled the scene, diverted their movements through Sabon-Wuse, near Suleja in Niger.
Spokesman of the Police Command in the FCT, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, confirmed to NAN that there was a protest in the town but its cause and those behind it were being investigated.
He said the DPO and the Area Command Headquarters on ground had brought the situation under control.
Manzah denied knowledge of any death in the incident.

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