Adamawa State governor has issued a 24-hour curfew across the state after residents stormed into government-owned and private food stores on Sunday.
As citizens break into food stores, the Adamawa government proclaims a 24-hour curfew to stop looters from plundering both public and private food stores and warehouses.
According to witnesses, the looters spoke of difficulties as a result of the loss of the petrol subsidy and the high cost of goods.
“Aside from food, people were also seen with items such as generator sets, mattresses, and other non-food items, which were said to have been looted from stores owned by private individuals,” a resident, Manu Haruna, told SurgeZirc NG.
Humwashi Wonosikou, the governor’s chief press secretary, declared the curfew on Sunday afternoon.
He said that the administration was forced to issue the sit-at-home order in order to check the actions of looters in the state capital robbing businesses and establishments.
“Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has declared a 24-hour curfew on the state, effective immediately Sunday, July 30th, 2023.”
“Governor Fintiri said the curfew was imposed in response to the dangerous dimension that hoodlums’ activities had taken across the state capital, as they attacked people with matches and broke into business premises carting away property.”
“With the curfew in place, there will be no movement across the state.”
“Fintiri stated that only those on essential duties with valid identification would be allowed to move around during the curfew period.”
“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,” Mr Wonosikou stated in a news released on Sunday.
Similarly, the state police command issued a statement asking locals to follow the law and avoid disorderly activities.
Afolabi Babatola, the state commissioner of police, said he had deployed a team chosen from various units to implement the state government’s 24-hour curfew.