Ibrahim Imam, Kaduna.
The governor of Bauchi state, Mr. Isa Yuguda, has declared a 24 hours curfew on Bauchi, Alkaleri and Kirfi towns, following attacks by insurgents in Alkaleri and Kirfi Local Government Areas of the state.
A statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Specialties Services, Malam Abdu Illelah, in Bauchi on Sunday said the curfew takes immediate effect.
The statement said governor Yuguda approved the curfew as part of measures to protect lives and properties in the state.
However, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress in the state, Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, faulted the move , saying it is an attempt to manipulate the results of the Saturday elections.
Abubakar said the imposition of the curfew was an attempt by the state government to change to the result of Saturday elections and vowed to resist any attempt to change the result.
“The elections took place peacefully within Bauchi metropolis except in Kirfi and Alkaleri local government areas where there are incidents of attacks.
“Thank INEC said we can cast our votes and protect the votes and that we are going to come out and protect our votes peacefully,” he argued.
“Anybody in the state can attest to the fact that the elections were conducted peacefully within the Bauchi metropolis and therefore, we don’t see any reason why curfew should be impose on a peaceful environment as the Bauchi metropolis.
“The only time curfew can be impose is when there is an impending danger but here we are without any impending danger,” Abubakar added.