Tension rises in Gombe as funeral of killed Brigade Boys turned violent

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Residents of Gombe were on Saturday thrown into apprehension as violence erupted during the funeral procession for the nine members of a Boys Brigade killed by a security operative on Easter Monday.

Recall that the nine boys were rammed to death during a procession on Easter day by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Adamu Abdullahi. He was then killed by a mob.

The colleagues of the dead victims held the procession to honour their slain colleagues, but despite the heavy gridlock that ensued from the procession, the youths were said to have brandished weapons and threatened to deal with anybody who attempted to open the roads.

Herald Nigeria gathered that the incident turned violent but was later brought to calm due to the intervention of security operatives.

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Sequel to this, the government of Gombe state, in an announcement by James Pisagih, the acting secretary to the state government, has imposed a curfew on the state capital.

“After due consultations with the Heads of Security Agencies in the state in response to the prevailing security situation in the state, especially Gombe metropolis, His Excellency, Dr Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo OON (Talban Gombe), the Governor, has approved the imposition of curfew in Gombe metro with immediate effect (3pm) today 27th April 2019 to 6am tomorrow 28th April 2019. The situation will be reviewed after the restoration of normalcy,” the statement read.

“By my Paragraph I above, therefore, only officials on essential services are allowed any form of movement, and must produce evidence of such.”

 

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