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Kaduna residents groan under curfew

21 June 2012, 13:54

Kaduna - As the 24-hour curfew imposed on Kaduna State enters its fifth day, residents on Thursday appealed to the state government for a review to enable them to restock.

Most residents in the state capital have exhausted their foodstuffs as provision stores are also experiencing low stock.

Markets, banks and other business premises have remained closed while restaurants and other food joints have also closed shops due to the curfew.

Also, women providing fast food to residents such as bean cake, pap, roasted corn, yam and sweet potatoes have temporarily vacated their sheds.

Bakeries, sachet water and yoghourt producers have also closed their factories, thereby, making it difficult for residents to replenish their stock.

A resident of Unguwar Kaji area, Shehu Garba, said food items were scarce and that where available, their prices had increased by 30 per cent to 50 per cent.

He appealed to the state government to relax the curfew but to still keep tap on black spots and ensure surveillance.

Also speaking, Abdullahi Garba of Kawo quarters said the review would enable traders to open their shops for residents to replenish their stocks.

``We are hungry, we need the state government to relax the curfew,’’ he said.

The State Water Board is providing skeletal services due to erratic power supply which affected water treatment process.

Meanwhile, more security operatives have been drafted to the streets to ensure strict compliance with the curfew.

Some skirmishes were, however, reported in some areas but the security agencies responded quickly and put them under control.

The state government on Sunday imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state following attacks on three churches in Zaria and Kaduna.

Although the curfew was relaxed on Monday, it was reinstated on Tuesday following fresh violence in the central area of the city.



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