Niger imposes curfew to forestall order

By our correspondent

Dr Babangida Aliyu, the governor of Niger State.

Dr Babangida Aliyu, the governor of Niger State.

The Government of Niger State, Tuesday evening, imposed a 14-hour curfew on key towns to prevent breakdown of law and order, following declaration of results of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Mr Saidu Kpaki, Scretary to the Stste Government, announced the curfew on behalf of Gov. Babangida Aliyu, who lost his election to the senate.

He said the restriction of muvement, which is from 6:00 pm Tuesday evening to 8:00 am Wednesday.

The curfew is expected to  affect places like Suleja, Bida, Kotangora, Mokwa and Minna the state capital.

The governor advised that the victory of Muhammadu Buhari should be celebrated and not marred by civil unrest.

He added that the state government will do everything within its power to maintain law and order adding that the beauty of democracy is to respect the rule of law.

“I call on all Nigerlites to eschew violence.

”For me, the victory of the All Progressive Congress (ACP) candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and other candidates if the National Assembly in Niger state  should be celebrated and not desecrated by violence.

”We must understand that our democracy has thrived and Nigeria as a country must remain an indivisible entity with common interest and articulated developmental aspiration,” Aliyu said.

He said the elections in the state was peaceful, devoid of irregularities adding that the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the state should be commended for allowing the wish of the people to prevail.

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The Renaissance reportsnthe Aliyu, who pride himself as the Chief Servant of Niger State, lost his bid to go to the senate following his defeat by Mr David Umar, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s election.

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