Troops take over Gombe metropolis

Posted by News Express | 28 April 2019 | 1,238 times

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•Troops in Gombe to keep the peace

  The Nigerian Army has deployed troops to Gombe metropolis to enforce the curfew imposed by the State government to stop the violence that erupted on Saturday.


The Acting Secretary to the State Government, Mr. James Pisajih, announced the curfew on Saturday because of the breakdown of law and order in the metropolis.


Pisajih said the government ordered the restriction of movement in the state capital after consultations with the heads of security agencies in Gombe.


According to him, the curfew will last from 3 pm on Saturday to 6 am on Sunday while the situation will be reviewed thereafter.


He noted that only those on essential duties with proof would be allowed any form of movement.


Violence broke out in the state capital as the bodies of the slain nine members of the Boys and Girls Brigade in the state were to be buried.


Some members of the brigade and other youths had staged a procession in the metropolis to honour their slain colleagues.


In the process, another group of people intercepted the demonstrators and prevented them from continuing with the procession.


The incident turned violent but was later brought to calm following the intervention of security operatives.


The members of the Boys and Girls Brigade killed in Gombe State were buried on Saturday with Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) conducting the funeral.


Members of the families of the nine victims and sympathisers paid tributes amid tears at the cemetery along the Gombe – Yobe Road.


The deputy governor of the state, Charles Iliya, was also at the event in company with some government officials in the state.


President Muhammadu Buhari had condoled with families and friends of slain members of the Boys and Girls Brigade.


The nine youths were killed in an accident while on a procession to celebrate the Easter in the state. (NAN)


Source: News Express

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