Curfew imposed in Nigeria's Adamawa State after deadly attacks

January 8, 2012 12:17 pm 

YOLA, Nigeria, Jan. 8 — Adamawa State in northeastern Nigeria declared a dusk to dawn curfew in major towns across the state on Saturday, a day after the militant sect Boko Haram shot dead 12 people during a church service, state authorities announced.

State commissioner for information Abdurrahman Jimeta said in Yola, the state capital, on Saturday that the curfew affected major towns like Mubi, Numan, Michika and Gombi.

Unidentified gunmen in two separate attacks killed 14 people on Thursday and Friday.

Jimeta urged the people of Adamawa to remain calm and be law abiding, noting that government had taken necessary steps to contain the situation.

State police spokesperson Altine Daniel told reporters in the state that 12 people were killed in the church attack while four other victims injured were receiving treatment.

Altine also confirmed that 14 people died in the two separate attacks that took place in Mubi on Thursday and Friday.

She said the police had not ascertained the perpetrators of the act but had drafted men to strategic places for stop and search exercise.

Altine appealed to the public to assist the police and other security agencies with necessary information that could led to the arrest of the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, Governor Muritala Nyako has announced a 25 million naira reward for any person that could give information to the arrest of the culprits.

Nyako announced the reward Saturday in Yola in a broadcast to the state.

Nyako appealed to the people of the state, particularly non-indigenes, not to contemplate leaving the state because of the incident but to go about their normal businesses.

According to him, security agencies have taken all the necessary measures to protect lives and property.

He also said that the State Government would bear all burial and medical expenses on behalf of the families involved. (PNA/Xinhua)

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