As tension continues to mount in Ado-Ekiti due to the crisis that broke out between the drivers and the Hausa traders, Governor Ayodele Fayose, has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Ado Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State.
Governor Fayose, while addressing Hausa Community at Atikankan area of Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said the curfew begins immediately (yesterday) evening between 6pm to 6am until further notice.
The governor also ordered the security agencies to arrest whoever is found roaming about the streets during the period the order is in operation.
He appealed to the Hausa community for the havoc wreaked on their property, promised that justice will be done in the case.
“You said you love me, this is the time you have to show this love. I want to plead with you to submit whatever lethal weapon you have in your possession to the police. And if you refuse to do this, whether you are Yoruba or Hausa, the police will arrest you.
“Nigeria belongs to all of us and for the sake of our country, I plead with you to allow peace to reign”, Fayose said.
According to Governor Fayose, the matter will be thoroughly investigated and anybody found to be connected with the wanton destruction of property would be made to face the full weight of the law.
In his speech, the Chairman of Hausa Community in Ekiti State, Alhaji Adamu Imam, while speaking on the development, appealed to government for monetary assistance to those whose property were destroyed by the hoodlums during the crisis.
Imam noted that the names of the perpetrators of the violent attack had been compiled and would be made available to the governor and security agencies for necessary actions.
However, the Ekiti State Police Command has said the number of injured persons had risen to 24 in the violent clash between Hausa traders and some drivers in Ado Ekiti capital city.
The police command said it has stationed three units of mobile policemen to the scene of the violent attack, to arrest whoever plans to foment trouble between the feuding groups.
In a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi on behalf of the Police Commissioner, Mr Etop John James, said two of those wounded sustained gunshot wounds and are receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
The command, however, debunked the media report that four people had died during the arson attack on Hausa traders operating at Erekesan Market in Ado Ekiti.

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