The curfew relaxed yesterday by the Kaduna State Government has been reinstated to 24-hours following the killing by kidnappers of a prominent traditional ruler in the state, the Agwom Adara, Maiwada Raphael Galadima, after allegedly collecting ransom for his release.
The reinstatement of the 24-hour curfew follows the tension and stampede that erupted as a result of the discovery of the dead body of the abducted First Class traditional ruler.
The traditional ruler, the Paramount Chief of the Adara people in Kachia, and Kajuru Local Government Areas of Kaduna state, was abducted last Friday with his wife while his security guards and driver were killed by his abductors.
An official of the Adara Development Association(ADA) who confirmed the incidence on Friday said the leader was killed after his abductors collected ransom. His corpse has been deposited at the St Gerald Hospital in Kaduna.
The wife was released last Sunday and was taken to the hospital.
It will be recalled that the paramount ruler was abducted on his way to his palace in Kachia after accompanying Governor Nasir el-Rufai to Kasuwan Magani to commiserate with the community over the bloody violence that claimed many lives last week, Thursday.
His convoy was intercepted by the bandits who killed his police orderly and four other palace guards before being taken along with his wife into the bush.
Meanwhile, the 24-hour curfew is on Kaduna metropolis and environs. Other communities are Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru, Kateri and Kachia. The curfew is “effective from 11am today, Friday, 26th October 2018 and will remain in force until further notice,” according to a statement by Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity.
“This is a necessary step to help maintain peace as we mourn the death of HRH Agom Adara, who we lost in the early hours of today to the criminals who abducted him last week.
“The Kaduna State Government calls for calm in all our communities. The criminal elements who perpetrated this crime should not be allowed to divide us.
“This is a struggle between good, decent, law-abiding people trying to uphold the peace and criminals who want to divide and destroy. It is not a struggle between religious or ethnic groups.
“Let no criminal find succour in faith or tribe.
“Let us unite against every criminal activity. Let us stand together as human beings who have a right to live in peace,” the statement read.