Gunshots, bonfires as Kaduna erupts in flames despite 24-hour curfew


The protest that erupted in Kaduna town has spread to other parts of the state, with sporadic shootings and some irate youths were said to be burning old tyres along Katsina road, Ibrahim Taiwo road and Lagos Street.
The latest incident of violence came following Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, 24-hour curfew imposed on the state, as a result of the violence that rocked the state and claimed 55 lives.
Residents were seen scurrying for safety, following the protest which was trailed by violence.
Although, it has not yet been ascertained what led to the protests, Ahmadu Bello way to Sabo, Kamazo to Barnawa area, Maraba Rido have all been deserted.
Gunshots were reportedly heard in places such as Ahmadu Bello way.
Speaking with National Pilot last night, Abubakr Abdulwasiu, an indigene of Ilorin East, Kwara State, who resides in Kaduna North said the crisis had religious undertone, lamenting the sporadic shootings in his area despite the curfew.
“The last 24 hours have been terrible here because of the sporadic shootings going on. This is despite the 24-hour curfew imposed by Governor Nasir el-Rufai,” he lamented.
Abubakr however called on the Kwara State Government to come to the rescue of indigenes of the state in Kaduna.
El-Rufai had in a short statement on his twitter handle, yesterday, imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna town and its environs.
“This is a notice of a 24-hour curfew imposed on Kaduna town and environs, with immediate effect. Residents are advised to comply by this directive. The decision has been taken in the best interest of the state,” el-Rufai wrote.

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