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Kaduna residents call for lifting of curfew

25 June 2012, 17:19

Kaduna - Residents of Kaduna metropolis on Monday renewed their appeal to Gov. Patrick Yakowa to lift the 24-hour curfew imposed on the state.

Mr Mohammed Soba, the State Chairman of ACN made the appeal in Makera, Kaduna North Local Government Area of the state.

He urged the governor to consider the plights of ordinary citizens who survived on daily income and purchases to review the curfew.

``Majority of our people are poor and cannot withstand a prolong restriction of movement order,’’ he said.

Hajiya Murjanatu Bappa, a resident of Unguwar Sarki in Kaduna metropolis also called on the government to lift the curfew in view of the gradual normalcy returning to the state.

``I believe that the people of Kaduna state have learnt their lesson over the weeklong curfew and will not do anything to breach public peace again,’’ she said.

Mr Bulus Yashim, a civil servant and resident of Unguwar Sunday in Kaduna South Local Government Area said that low economic activities due to the curfew was biting hard on the people.

Yashim said that most residents had exhausted their stocks of food items and were getting agitated.

The state government slammed the curfew on June 18 sequel to the Sunday June 17 triple bomb attacks on churches in Zaria and Kaduna to prevent further loss of lives and property.

However, the government on June 21, relaxed the curfew by four hours on Friday June 22 and on Sunday June 24 to enable Muslims and Christian faithful conduct their worships.

The government again on Monday eased the curfew by another round of four hours in the four local governments of Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Igabi and Chikun from noon to 4 p.m.

It further relaxed the curfew between 7a.m. and 4 p.m. on  June 26 to enable residents pick up their pieces and resume normal activities.

Government said that the restriction of movement order would last between 7a.m. and 6 p.m. each day in the remaining 19 LGAs in the state.

Mr Reuben Buhari, the Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Patrick Yakowa on Media and Publicity, promised that government would review the curfew as the security situation in the state improved.

The residents, however, took advantage of the easing of the curfew on Friday to purchase essential commodities and food items.

Majority of the residents were seen buying perishable food items like tomatoes, onions, pepper and vegetables.

Mrs Juliana Tosin, a housewife, however, lamented that the prices of the items had tripled, adding that a small basket of potatoes and pepper had risen from N350 to N1, 000 each.

A dealer in perishable items, Malam Auwalu Jingi, said that lost property worth over N2.5 million because of the curfew.

``I usually buy my food items and sell to retailers in large quantities on normal days, but you can see the enormous losses I incurred because of this crisis,’’ Jingi said.



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