The Adamawa State Government has again imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the entire Guyuk Local Government Area and Lafiya town in Lamurde Local Government Area of the state, following renewed violence.
The curfew was announced in a statement issued by Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, the Press Secretary to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri yesterday in Yola.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the conflict first broke out early in June between two warring communities of Waja and Lunguda over farmland demarcation in Lamurde and Guyuk Local Government Areas.
NAN reports that the conflict-affected 11 villages and unspecified numbers of people were feared killed, while several houses were destroyed in Guyuk and Lamurde Local Government Areas. Wonosikou said the curfew would be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. because of the renewed violence that erupted again in some communities and the attendant tension and fear of reprisal attacks.
He said the governor was disturbed and sad over the breach of peace in the affected areas and has consequently approved a dusk-to-dawn curfew with immediate effect.
“I am worried that the warring communities have refused to sheath their swords despite the government’s peace building initiative,” Fintiri was quoted as saying.
The governor, therefore, warned those sponsoring violence to have a rethink and allow peace to reign in the areas.
Fintiri, the statement said, viewed the disturbances as unacceptable and advised the two neighbouring communities to learn to tolerate one other.
The governor said security agencies have been directed to enforce the curfew and urged residents of Guyuk and Lafiya in Lamurde Local Government Areas to shun rumor-mongering and cooperate with security agencies to ensure peace.