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#JangebeAbduction: Zamfara Govt. Imposes Curfew After Violence

One person dead and two others severely wounded as soldiers shoot at the people waiting for the return of abducted schoolgirls in Jengebe, Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria.

Zamfara State Government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Jengebe town, Talata Marafa Local Government, after violence erupted following the return of the abducted schoolgirls of Government Girls Secondary School, Jengebe. 

The state government said all commercial activities in the town have been suspended effective from Wednesday, March 3, till further notice. 

According to Sulaiman Tunau Anka, Commissioner for Information, the government has discovered that some marketers in the area were aiding terrorist operations. 

He said the imposition of the curfew was to ensure the safety of lives and properties and to prevent further breach of peace. “The state government is poised to ensure the safety of lives and properties of its citizens at all cost,” he said. 

He directed the security officers in Zamfara State to ensure total compliance with the directive.  “With this announcement, the Zamfara State Police Command is hereby enjoined to ensure total enforcement,” he said. 

A journalist reporting the incident narrated that the violence started after security forces opened fire to disperse people waiting for the girls. According to him, one teenager died instantly and two others severely wounded by the gunshots. 

“For a moment, Jangebe was full of joy, until soldiers started shooting, killing one teenager, leaving two teenagers in severe condition,” the reporter wrote on Twitter.

“The army shot at the parents for demanding the release of their daughter’s so they can get back home on time.” 

He added that among the wounded persons was a father to one of the girls who was there to take his daughter home.

But the shooting by the security agents drew the ire of the people who had gathered to welcome the schoolgirls as they resorted to smashing the rear windows of vehicles within the vicinity, some of which belong to journalists covering the return of the girls.

The windshields of vehicles belonging to the government were also shattered by the angry mob.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru Aliyu is a researcher with expertise in areas such as fact-checking and insecurity. He was a research programs officer at the CDD West Africa and Tech. Officer at CITAD. He has contributed to CNN, BBC, etc.

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