- Gombe state government extends curfew due to an intelligence report.
- A vehicle killed ten members of the Boys Brigade during Easter procession in the metropolis.
The Gombe State Government has extended the curfew imposed in Gombe metropolis, to ensure a full return to normalcy.
In a statement by Mr James Pisagih, Secretary to State Government, in Gombe on Monday, the newly pronounced curfew would last between 6 pm and 6a.m daily until normalcy was fully returned.
iDONSABI reports that the state government had approved the imposition of curfew in Gombe metropolis for between Saturday 3 pm and Sunday 6 am following the eruption of violence in the city.
The government which took the decision to extend the curfew as a result of the security intelligence report said that security reports indicate that some hoodlums took advantage of the lapse of the earlier curfew to perpetrate crime and violence.
“In order to ensure relative peace in the state metropolis, Gov, Ibrahim Dankwambo, has directed that the curfew be extended from 6p.m to 6a.m daily until normalcy is fully returned,” the statement said.
The statement called on security operatives to ensure strict compliance to the directive and ensure improved surveillance within the metropolis.
It also urged traditional and religious leaders in the state to create more awareness on the need for peace in the state.
Security agencies, including the army, had earlier confirmed that normalcy has returned to the Metropolis after the Saturday’s violence that heralded the burial of some youths.
The curfew was on Sunday relaxed after due consultation with the security agencies in the state.
It could be recalled that on April 22, a vehicle killed ten members of the Boys Brigade during Easter procession in the metropolis, while 30 others sustained injuries of various degree. The deceased were on Saturday buried in Gombe. Violence erupted in Gombe as some youths threatened to retaliate the deaths.
The situation compelled the state government to impose a curfew that lasted for 15 hours.