The Niger State Government has declared curfew from 10pm to 4am in Paiko Local Government of the state following a violence involving the Hausa and Gwari Muslim communities of the locality, which claimed one life on Saturday.
Dr Ibraheem Dooba, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abubakar Bello, in a statement, said the curfew which was to ensure the return of normalcy in the area, would remain in force until further notice.
The statement urged the citizens to be law abiding, eschew violence and demonstrate the abiding peace for which the state was known for.
It said: “In view of the unfortunate violence in Paiko, the Niger State Government has declared curfew in Paiko town from 10 p.m to 4 a.m until further notice.
“To keep the peace, the people are advised not to violate the curfew, anybody who does would face appropriate consequences for their infraction.”
The Niger Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Bala Elkana, who confirmed the clash and death of one person, to newsmen.
Besides claiming the life of one person that was confirmed dead, many people were injured, as cars and buildings were also destroyed.
Unconfirmed reports said that the fight was an aftermath of the battle over the appointment of the deputy Imam for the Paiko central mosque.
The Imam’s appointment had allegedly led to the protest by a group representing the Gwari community, which culminated in the violent clash and death of the youth.