Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital, after deadly clashes broke out Monday.
The curfew will be between the hours of 6p.m. and 6a.m., according to the governor’s chief press secretary, Yakubu Lamai, the Chief Press Secretary.
Fresh violence erupted in Lafia Monday as rival youth groups clashed, with earlier report claiming that some youth went after residents who are of Eggon ethnic extraction.
The crisis grounded economic activities as shops owners closed for the day, as the youth were said to be on revenge mission over the near invasion of the palace of the Emir of Lafia, Isah Mustapha Agwai I, by youth suspected to be Eggon on Sunday.
That incident led to the death of two people.
Gunmen had on Sunday attacked Alakyo village, which is the ancestral home of the spiritual leader of Ombatse militia Lega Agu also known as Baba Alakyo.
Alakyo is the village where over 89 security operatives were killed last year by the Ombatse militia group.
Lamai said that the curfew will ensure that people do not leave their communities to attack others elsewhere.
“What we mean is that people can move in their own areas but should not cross over to other areas that are not theirs and this is only applicable to Lafia the state capital alone,” Lamai said.
He also said that Al-Makura has gone round town to see for himself first-hand information of what happened after fresh fighting in Lafia on Monday morning.