Yemi Adedeji, Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has imposed a dusk to done curfew on Bwari Area Council of the Territory until further notice, following the fracas that ensued between Hausa youths and their Gbagyi counterparts.
Saturday’s free for all fight was a follow up to the December 25, 2017 mayhem which saw the Bwari market burnt down and goods worth billions of naira lost in the process.
Last year’s crisis also saw a 6a.m to 6p.m curfew imposed on the town before it was relaxed when the security situation improved.
The FCTA however regretted the attempts by some miscreants to reincarnate the December 25th, 2017 crisis in Bwari Area Council.
A statement issued by Abubakar Sani, Special Assistant on media to FCT Minister said the administration will not condone any act of lawlessness or senseless killings in the FCT.
He said: “Reports reaching the Administration indicate that some of the miscreants took advantage of the on-going Eid-il-Fitr celebrations to launch attacks on innocent residents of the town on Saturday June 16.
“Fortunately, the security agencies immediately swung into action and have since brought the situation under control.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the FCT Administration shall not condone any attempts by any group of persons to precipitate the breakdown of law and order in Bwari Area Council or indeed any part of the Federal Territory.
“As you are already aware, following the December 25th crisis, a 6pm to 6am curfew was imposed on Bwari but was relaxed to 10pm to 6am after a satisfactory assessment of the situation and return to normalcy.
“However, this renewed attempt to disturb the peace of the town, calls for stringent measures in order to protect lives and property as well as forestall the breakdown of law and order.
“Accordingly, a 8pm to 6am curfew is hereby imposed on Bwari for today Saturday June 16 while the curfew will run from 6pm to 6am from tomorrow Sunday June 17th until further notice.
“Security agencies have been directed to ensure that residents comply fully with curfew.
The FCT Administration urges all residents of the FCT to continue to be law abiding and go about their lawful activities,” Abubakar noted.