Kano State Government has imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew following the collation of the governorship and state assembly elections results. The curfew is an attempt to avoid a breakdown of law and order that could result in violence.
The announcement was made by the state commissioner for information and internal affairs, Muhammad Garba, in a statement issued on Monday, March 20, 2023.
Garba explained that the decision was taken to prevent hoodlums from causing chaos in the already tense situation.
The state government is concerned about the possibility of violence as the results of the elections are being collated. The governorship and state assembly elections are usually tense times in the state, with supporters of different candidates often clashing.
Garba called on people in the state to remain indoors as security agents would not spare anyone or group bent on causing trouble. The curfew will be enforced from dusk to dawn until further notice.
Kano State has a history of electoral violence. In the past, elections in the state have been marred by violence and other forms of electoral malpractice.
The government has deployed security agents to maintain peace and enforce the curfew. The security agents are expected to maintain a strong presence in the state until the situation stabilizes.
The state government has also called on political parties and their supporters to exercise restraint and respect the law.