Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya has imposed a 24-hour curfew on three communities in Balanga Local Government after a violent communal clash.
The violent clash reportedly claimed lives and led to destruction of properties in Nyuwar, Jessu and Tolde.
An eyewitness, Kabiru Abubakar Sulaiman told Daily Trust that the violence erupted late Monday evening, April 12, between youth hunters of Lunguda and Waja ethnic groups in the three towns located along the Gombe-Yola federal highway.
Announcement of the curfew was made on Tuesday April 13, by the Secretary to the State Government Ibrahim Njodi.
Njodi said the curfew will remain until further notice. The statement read;
“Gombe State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Nyuwar, Jessu and Yolde communities in Balanga Local Government Area of the state with immediate effect.
“The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, who made the announcement, said the decision followed the violence that erupted in the communities.
“According to the SSG, the curfew becomes necessary to douse the tension and restore peace and order in the affected areas.
“He said security personnel have been deployed to restore normalcy while the curfew will subsist until further notice.”