Communal clashes: Don’t test my will, Fintiri warns trouble makers

~ Imposes curfew in parts of Lamurde, Guyuk LGAs

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has in a strong worded message asked trouble makers not to test his will promising to come hard on anyone who continues to inflame the embers of conflict in Lamurde and Guyuk local governments of the state.

The governor also imposed curfew in parts of the two local governments.

The governor’s warning came in the wake of escalating tension in parts of Lamurde and Guyuk local governments of the state resulting in substantial carnage and loss of lives.

This paper has reported the killing of four people in Lafiya Lamurde as a result of violent confrontation between Hausa and Lunguda communities.

In a statement by his press secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou, the governor said he was disturbed by the recurring communal clashes in the areas.

“Following renewed clashes in parts of 2 Local Government Areas of Lamurde and Guyuk in Southern Adamawa, the State Governor, Rt. Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has imposed a curfew on the towns of Lafiya and Boshikiri as well as the surrounding villages of Mumseri, Mere, Kupte and Zakawon with immediate effect.

“Governor Fintiri who is disturbed by the recurring communal clashes warned that “Criminals are challenging the Government’s resolve, and we are going to pursue them to the farthest end possible.

“We have exhausted all the means to arrest the situation in that area. It now requires a whole new approach because we have been left with no option,” the statement said.

The Governor noted that the unfortunate breach of peace in the area was regrettable and having reviewed the unfolding scenario, Government is concerned about the persisting tensions and reported attempts by some persons to take the laws into their hands by attacking individuals and private facilities as well as public property.

“In order to avoid further deterioration of the ugly situation and to protect lives and property of citizens, I have directed the imposition of curfew from 5pm to 6am from Wednesday 8th June, 2022. The curfew shall remain in place subject to further review.

“All citizens are therefore directed to abide by the directive to enable security personnel maintain Law and Order in the affected areas and deal with those attempting to forement trouble by taking advantage of the situation to perpetrate crimes,” the statement further noted.

While also calling for calm, Governor Fintiri sympathised with the families of those affected by the crisis.

“The Order shall apply during the hours of 5pm to 6am and shall remain in effect until further notice,” the statement said.


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