The Ministry of Interior has reviewed the curfew in Bole and its environs in the Northern Region. The curfew was imposed about two weeks ago after a chieftaincy dispute claimed two lives.
In a statement from the Ministry copied to Citi News, the sector minister, Ambrose Dery, indicated the need for the people of the area to restrain themselves during the period.
Read the statement below:
The Minister for the Interior has on the advice of the Northern Regional Security Council and by Executive Instrument renewed the curfew hours imposed on Bole Township and its environs from 6pm to 6am effective Monday 24th December 2018.
Government continues to urge Chiefs, Elders, Opinion leaders, youth and people of the area to exercise restraint in the face of the challenges confronting them as well as to use non-violent means to channel their energies into ensuring peace in the area.
Meanwhile, there is a total ban on all persons in the afore-mentioned communities and its environments from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapon and any persons found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted.
Which clash led to the imposition of the curfew?
Reports say one faction in the chieftaincy dispute, Mandari, was celebrating the Damba festival when some persons who belong to the Alhaji Abudu gate, fired into the crowd, killing one person on the spot and injuring two others.
Some armed persons belonging to the Mandari gate returned fire that left one person injured, but he was later pronounced dead after he was rushed together with other injured persons to the hospital.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Northern Regional Police Command, DSP Mohammed Yusif Tanko, says police and military personnel are on the ground to ensure peace and security, and also prevent reprisal attacks.