15 hours curfew in Gombe
owing to religious crisis
Gombe state government has imposed 15 hours curfew as a result of religious crisis alleged to have been instigated on Easter, the Periscope Global Investigate can report.
Trouble started it was said, on Easter day in Gombe state northeast Nigeria, when celebrating Christians covering the road owing to overwhelming number, had a brawl with a motorist, some anonymous informants described as unidentified policeman who was not to control his temper, hence crushed some members of the congregation, killing some while others sustained various degree of injuries.
The embittered congregation, were alleged to have eventually, degenerated into anarchy by descending on the motorist, killing and setting ablaze the motorist and a friend in the vehicle beyond recognition.
It was gathered that the government with the Muslim faithfuls, pleaded with the Christian community over the condemnable act of inhumanity at the initial time it had happened.
“It was thought that it was over. However, when relatives and friends visited the mortuary at the Gombe general hospital to reclaim the victims of savagery today being Saturday, they have carried along with them dangerous weapons for vengeance against unsuspecting rather innocent citizens that do not professed the same faith with them.
This extended to blocking road through FCE leading to Gombe town against unarmed passengers coming from Borno and Yobe states,” Abdullahi Musa a citizen said.
In its proactive initiative to curtail casualties, escalation of crisis for a religious friction between Christian minority and Muslim minority that would be capable of degenerating the Jewel in the Savannah into undue anarchy, governor Dankwambo led government imposed 15 hours curfew from 3pm to 6am, with well armed security personnel keeping a dusk to dawn vigil.
Speaking with the Periscope Investigate Saturday in Gombe, citizens expressed their disappointment with the untypical of New Zealand’s crisis management, when Muslims were attacked in a Mosque.
“It’s so unfortunate, we’re the architect of our disunity. The person who was alleged to have committed the heinous crime was killed by the angry Christians.
“It was thought it’s over having the criminal responded to the wages of sins. Which vengeance are we talking today again and against who?
“There’s the urgent need for dialogue, a conversation on peace and conflict resolution to be able to keep the Jewel in the Savannah the insurgency in the northeast couldn’t get to rob.
“We must take lessons from New Zealand response against agent of disunity and Antichrist for a mutual coexistence,” a citizen who said his name was Moses Iliya lamented.