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It has been reported that a 24 hour curfew was imposed on Monday by Jema’a Local Government Council in the Kafanchan area of Kaduna State to forestall destruction of lives and property following a peaceful protest by youths in the area.

The reports also stated that the residents had ensured a total compliance of the curfew as all  normal human and vehicular movements as well as business premises were shut down  barely a few hours after the imposition of the curfew and residents have since remained indoors,

According to the the interim chairman of the council, Bege Katuka, who spoke to NAN correspondence, said that the situation would last until the security situation improved.

“We want to ensure that relative calm was completely restored and unnecessary tension averted before a review of the curfew would be considered.

“We will continue to plead with especially our youth to conduct themselves within the provisions of the law and to not to engage in criminality,” he said.

Mr. Katuka assured that adequate security had been mobilised to ensure normalcy returned to the area.

According to the report, some residents of Kafanchan expressed their discontentment with the development and described as unpleasant.

One Joy Abun, a civil servant, said, “This is when families get together with their loved ones and cook forward to the seasonal celebration, but with this ugly situation our people may not want to come home for the Christmas,” she said.

Another resident, Charles Briggs, a tailor, said he may disappoint many of my customers as I may not be able to deliver their clothes in time as promised.

A relaxation spot operator, who gave his name as Gabriel Silas, said that he immediately had to turn down his customers and close his premises in compliance with the government directives.

“When incidences like this occur, our losses are usually unimaginable,” he lamented.

Written by Okolo Ezinne

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