Adamawa State Imposes 24-Hour Curfew Following Food Looting Incident

-Jesse Voyamba

In a bid to curb the wanton looting perpetrated by hoodlums targeting government-owned warehouses, businesses, and individuals, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri has imposed a strict 24-hour curfew in Adamawa State.

The announcement was made on Sunday via his verified Twitter handle. This precautionary measure aims to ensure the safety and security of residents as the government takes firm action against the recent surge in criminal activities within the state.

The governor said, “Effective immediately Sunday, July 30, 2023, I, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, have declared a 24-hour curfew in Adamawa State due to escalating violence by hoodlums attacking people and businesses.

“No movement is allowed, except for essential duties with valid ID. Your safety is our priority – please comply for the well-being of all,” he wrote.

Aside from looting government-owned grain reserves, the hoodlums broke into shops and business premises and carted away foodstuff, commodities, etc.

A statement from the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Himwashi Wonosikou said, “The Governor of Adamawa State, the Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has declared a 24-hour curfew on the state, effective immediately Sunday, 30th July 2023”.

Governor Fintiri said the curfew followed the dangerous dimension the activities of hoodlums had assumed across the state capital as they attack people with machetes and break into business premises and homes, carting away property.

“With the curfew imposed, there will be no movement throughout the state.

“Rt. Hon. Fintiri said only those on essential duties with valid identification would be permitted to move around during the period of the curfew.

“The Governor is appealing to citizens and residents of the state to comply with the directive, adding that any person found contravening the order would be arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.”

Recall that a similar incident occurred in Adamawa State during the #EndSARS protest in 2020.

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