Nigeria: 24-hour curfew imposed on Kaduna following bomb blast

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Mr. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, the Governor of the North Central Kaduna State, which Wednesday was hit by a twin bomb attack by suspected suicide bombers of the Boko Haram sect has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the Kaduna metropolis.

Also, three aides and security men attached to opposition leader, retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, were confirmed injured in the second bomb blast in Kaduna.

The three were in the convoy of Gen. Buhari who was on his way to his hometown Daura in the North Western Katsina State.

A statement circulated by former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and chieftain of the opposition All Peoples Congress, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, stated that “the bomb blast was said to be targeted at Buhari as the bombers trailed his convoy and detonated the bomb very close to his convoy, injuring his security and personal aides. However, the General is in good condition apart from the trauma of the incidence.”

Governor Yero, who condemned the bomb blast, described it as the height of ‘cowardice’ by those bent on creating tension in the State.

Director General of Media and Publicity in Kaduna State, Malam Ahmed Maiyaki, said in a statement that “following the unfortunate situation, a twenty four (24)-hour curfew has been imposed on Kaduna metropolis with immediate effect, to enable security agencies restore normalcy.

"The blasts were clear manifestation of the resolve by ‘agents of darkness’ to soak the land with blood of innocent people for no just cause.

“Enemies of peace have visited us with their ungodly venom of wanton destruction of human lives. This blast, coming in the Holy Month of Ramadan is a clear indication that those behind the act have no iota of fear of God as they have none for the sanctity of human life.”

Governor Yero said despite the success recorded in the improvement of security in Kaduna State, it is obvious that more still needs to be done to ensure safety of our people at all times and in all places."

He calls on people in the State to see such unwarranted attacks on innocent people across the State as aggression by evil against good that must be collectively condemned by all.

The governor urges the entire people in the State to be more vigilant with happenings around them and to also avoid crowded areas.

He called on the entire citizens of Kaduna State to provide more support to security agencies by providing useful information on suspicious movements and persons within and around their communities.

The Governor also commiserated with families of victims of the blasts and directed security agencies to intensify surveillance while they pursue perpetrators of the blast.
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23 july 2014 17:04:19

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