How I Was Attacked In Kafanchan- El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State yesterday narrated how his convoy was attacked in Kafanchan, Jema’a local government of the state.

El-Rufai in a statement issued by his media aide, Samuel Aruwan,  said he was in Kafanchan Tuesday with his entourage to hold the state security council meeting when three women led protesters to ask him certain questions.

He said, “I listened to three of the women who led the protesters as they asked me questions. I answered them and even invited them to a larger meeting, but they went on rampage and burnt the residence of the local government chairman.”

The governor confirmed he and his entourage were pelted with stones and that window glasses of some of the vehicles in his convoy were broken after he addressed some demonstrators.

It was observed that Kafanchan was calm as the curfew imposed on the local government area on Monday was still in place and most people remained in their houses hoping for the curfew to be lifted.

In Kaduna, there was slight tension when it was confirmed that the governor’s convoy was pelted with stones and cars in his convoy smashed while he was whisked away through a different route from the one he intended using, to escape some youths who had blocked the road.

The governor appealed to citizens not to respond to the treatment meted to him by the protesters in Kafanchan, saying he regarded it as part of the burden of leadership.

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Kafanchan: Curfew In 2 Kaduna LGs Following Protest Over Killings

A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Jema’a and Kaura local government areas (LGAs) of Kaduna State.

This followed a protest in Kafanchan over killings and destruction of communities in the Southern Kaduna area.

Thousands of the protesters carried placards calling on the government to put a stop to the attacks.

Trouble broke out, however when the protesters were challenged by another group from the area.

Armed mobile policemen came to the place around 10 a.m. and started firing tear gas into the crowd.

The Interim Management Committee (IMC)  chairman of Kaura local government, Mr. Alex Musa Iya,  said he and his colleague in Jema’a LG, Dr. Humble Katuka, had to take steps to restrict movement for now due to the security situation.

He said: “It is true that IMC chairman of Jema’a LGA has declared a 24-hour curfew on the entire Jema’a LGA with emphasis on Kafanchan. After studying the situation, I thought it expedient to also restrict movement in Kaura for 24 hours due to the proximity of the two areas. I am happy to inform you that there is calm everywhere now. We shall study the situation and take all the necessary steps to ensure peace and security. The intention is not to hurt anyone. We call on our people to please co-operate in the interest of everyone.”

Earlier in a telephone interview said the Jema’a Local Government interim chairman, Bege Katuka, said, “As a responsible government, it was incumbent on the council to take proactive measures to guarantee the safety of lives and property.”

He urge the people to be calm and remain indoors until the situation improved.

Spokesperson of the youths who carried out the protest yesterday, Mr Nathan Chaweson, expressed regret over ‘the high level of impunity’ exhibited by the perpetuators of the various attacks in Southern Kaduna in recent times ‘even with the presence of security operatives’ at flashpoints.

“Throughout the period the attacks lasted, no single arrest had been recorded. We are pushed to the wall to question the innocence of the government in what has been happening,” Chaweson said.

He challenged the government to rise to the responsibility of protecting lives and property in all parts of the state to give everyone a sense of belonging.

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24-hour curfew imposed in Kafanchan, environs relaxed.

The 24 hour curfew imposed in Kafanchan and environs in Jema’a local government area of Kaduna State following the incessant attacks, killings and destruction of property in the area has been relaxed.

The Interim Management Committee Chairman, Dr Bege Katuka, said the curfew would commence from 6pm to 6am until the security situation improved in the area.

He disclosed to DAILY POST in a telephone interview on Tuesday that ”Going by seurity reports, if the situation improves, the curfew hours will be reviewed further on the basis of recommendations from the heads of law enforcement agencies in the local government.

“Residents are advised to co-operate and stay indoors as effort is in top gear to ensure that normalcy returns to the area so that people can go on their daily activities.”

It would be recalled that the incessant attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen had become the order of the day in Southern Kaduna in recent years, leading to the killing of hundreds of innocent souls and destruction of properties.