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JUST IN: El-Rufai imposes 24-hour curfew on Kaduna

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Kaduna State Government has imposed a 24 -hour curfew on Kaduna town and environs with immediate effect .The Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Media and Publicity , Mr . Samuel Aruwan , stated this on Sunday in Kaduna .

Meanwhile , the Inspector – General of Police , Mr . Ibrahim Idris , has deployed the Assistant Inspector – General of Police in charge of Zone 7 , Taiwo Lakanu , to lead a Police intervention force to Kaduna to ensure that normalcy returns to the area .

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 55 people were killed on Thursday , October 18 during a crisis at Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state .

NAN also reports that a similar crisis in February left more than 10 people dead in Kasuwan Magani , while 65 suspects involved in the crisis were arraigned in court but the case is still ongoing .

Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood , the Force Public Relations Officer , disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the violence on Sunday in Abuja.

He said that the policemen deployed included four Police Mobile Force units, Counter Terrorism Unit , conventional policemen , Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad , Intellegence Response Team and Technical Intelligence, among others.

Moshood said that the operations would cover the entire Kasuwan Magani and its environs and other flash spots in the state .

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“ The intervention force will be working in cooperation with the Kaduna State Police Command to ensure that peace and normalcy return to the area .

“ To achieve success , the Force will be proactive and strict in the enforcement of its mandate , Police standard operations procedures and rules of engagement, ” he said .

He said that the Force would carry out a 24 -hour surveillance and patrol, maintain stop -and – search , and continuous raid of identified criminal hideouts and black spots .

The spokesman said that the operation would cover communities , towns , villages , vulnerable points , government and private infrastructure .

He enjoined traditional rulers, religious leaders , politicians , parents and guardians to support the Police in the discharge of their responsibilities .

Moshood said that 22 suspects directly involved in violence have been arrested and are in Police custody assisting the Police in the investigation .

The spokesman said that some prominent personalities kidnapped during the violence have also been rescued and reunited with their families .

( NAN )

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