Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has imposed dusk-to-dawn curfew on Ado Ekiti, the capital city following an attack on the Hausa community in the city, allegedly on the instruction of the People’s Democratic Party in the state.
Fayose gave the order while addressing the Hausa Community at Atikankan area of Ado Ekiti. He said the curfew begins on Thursday (today) evening between 6pm and 6am.
He also ordered the security agencies to arrest whoever flouts the order while the curfew is on.
The community was attacked on Wednesday by people alleged to be members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
According to the head of the community, Sarkin Adamu, the Hausa people have been frequently harassed in recent times.
“When the violence started, I called the police, State Security Service and the traditional ruler of the town, Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, making three authorities,” Mr. Adamu told online news platform Premium Times. “However, it did not stop. It was even when the police came that the situation became worse.
“Although I was told the police arrested a gun-wielding man, I myself can’t tell you I am sure the police arrested anybody.
“Since after the March 28 presidential election where we voted for (President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari), we have been victims of harassment,” Adamu said.
“In fact, during the April 11 election, they stood against Hausas voting. They were saying after all it was APC we would vote for. However some of our people insisted they must vote. At least, we have rights anywhere in this country.”
Governor Fayose who was away in Abuja at the time of the incident, have however, visited the community immediately he returned from the FCT. He urged the Hausa community to see the whole scenario as one of those things promising 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,” he said.