Insecurity: Zamfara Government Imposes Curfew, Shuts Down Schools

The decision of the government is coming after the abduction of school children in the state.

The government of Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria has imposed a curfew in the state, and also shut down primary and secondary schools as terrorists continue to attack communities across the state.

Ayuba Elkana, Commissioner of Police in the state who announced the government’s action said the curfew in the state capital would commence from 8 p.m.  to 6 a.m. WAT, “while the remaining 13 local government areas would be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.”

“Following a security threat, the Governor has directed the closure of all primary and secondary schools with a view to ensure the safety of citizens in the state,” the Police Commissioner told journalists on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at the police headquarters in Gusau, the state capital.

The latest development is coming few hours after school children were abducted in the Maradun Local Government Area of the state.

On Thursday, Aug. 26, Bello Matawalle, Governor of the state called on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, to declare a state of emergency on the Northern part of the country.

As a security measure, the Governor on Friday, Aug. 27 ordered the closure of all weekly markets in the states and banned  the sale of fuels in jerrycans. 

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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