Following a violent clash between members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW) and Hausa traders in Atikankan area of Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, Governor Ayodele Fayose, has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Ado Ekiti to prevent the fight from spreading to other parts of the state.
The governor said the 6pm to 6am curfew would begin Thursday.
Fayose who made this known while addressing the Hausa Community in the Atikankan, appealed to them to be patient, promising that they would get justice.
He said, “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.”
The state Secretary of NURTW, Mr. Akinsola Osundiya, at a briefing with journalists in Ado Ekiti, distanced members of the union from the crisis.
“Our members do not load vehicles in that area, so we were not in anyway involved in the clash with the Hausa traders,” he said.
The Chairman of Hausa Community in Ekiti State, Alhaji Adamu Imam, appealed to the state government for monetary assistance for those whose property were damaged by hoodlums during the crisis.
However, the Ekiti State Police Command said the number of injured in the clash had risen to 24.
A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, on behalf of the Police Commissioner, Mr Etop James, said two of those injured sustained gunshot wounds and were receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
“Nobody died in the incident contrary to reports. Only two persons sustained pellet wounds while 22 others sustained varying degrees of injuries,” he added.
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