By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Following the 24-hour curfew imposed by the Kaduna State Government on Kaduna metropolitan city and environs, major roads and highways are deserted.
Some journalists who went round to monitor the situations, reports that security operatives, mainly comprising of mainly officers and men of the Nigeria Police force were seen on duty, ensuring that the order is strictly adhered to.
In Sabon Tasha axis of the city, check points are mounted at almost all junctions leading to Kachia Road were protests were witnessed on Sunday October 21, spreading tension across the city.
Although there is free movement of residents on the streets, they grumbled that security operatives were harassing people.
“We are within our community at least this is not the major road, so we should be allowed to move freely,” a resident, who did not disclose her name said.
Rubble of burnt tyres littered the streets from bonfires lit at the peak of the Sunday disturbances on most of the streets.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai was said to have spent the entire night and part of early Monday morning visiting affected areas.
El-Rufai was sighted in pictures during his visits to victims in hospitals, accompanied by top government functionaries and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Kaduna Central Senatorial candidate, Malam Uba Sani.
Some of the hospitals visited, as disclosed by the Governor’s Spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, via the social media included St. Gerard’s Catholic Hospital, Kakuri, and Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital.
As at time of filing this report,the 24-hour curfew was yet to be relaxed, but there are hopes that after the State Security Council meeting, it would be reviewed.