Alhaji Mohammed Abdulsafur, the district head of Lambata, the administrative center of the Gurara Local Government Area of Niger State, has been killed by hoodlums.
On Saturday night in Lambata, the incident took place.
The actual cause of the violence could not yet be determined, but it was gathered that it was likely related to a chieftaincy dispute involving some royal houses and some communities in the local government area.
It was learnt that the dispute had been unsolved for more than seven years.
Following the incident, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, the state governor, imposed a curfew on the Lambata and its surroundings.
The curfew is in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice, according to a statement from the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane.
The statement reads,”In view of the unfortunate incident, the State Governor has directed that curfew be imposed in Lambata Town from 6:00pm to 6:00am beginning from Sunday 15th January, 2023 till further notice.
“The imposition of the curfew is to assist the security agencies to stabilize the situation in the area, save lives and enable the restoration of law and order.
“Government has condemned in strong terms the violence and act of lawlessness that have occurred in Lambata Town.”
The state government urged security services to maintain the curfew’s enforcement and urged locals to work with the security personnel in the important mission of restoring calm in Lambata.