By Golden Smith.
Kaduna metropolis and environs have been engulfed in another round of renewed tension and violence, the second within the week, and everyone is overwhelmed and totally gripped with fear.
This followed the highly unsettling discovery that the traditional ruler of Adara Kingdom who was kidnapped by armed men last Friday has been murdered.
The paramount ruler, Agwom Adara, Chief Maiwada Raphael Galadima, is believed to have been murdered on Thursday by his kidnappers. He died of two gunshots on his head and neck.
His body, which has since been deposited at St Gerard’s Catholic Hospital, Kakuri, Kaduna South, was identified by one of the officials of his Kingdom.
This resulted in another fight in Kachia with tension and uncertainty all over Kaduna city.
Schools abruptly were closed and teachers and students were found running helter skelter for safety.
A teacher in one of the schools told our reporter how he narrowly escaped death around 10 am as he was running back home along the new road near the bridge.
According to him, other vehicles behind him were being attacked by some machette-wielding angry youths who took over the road.
Consequent upon this development, Kaduna State government, within the hour announced a reverting to the 24 hour curfew that was reviewed on Wednesday. The curfew covers Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru, Kateri, Kachia, and Kaduna Metropolis. The curfew which takes effect on Friday, 26 October, 2018, starts from 11 am. This latest information was released by Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant to Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State.
DCF Global Reporters yesterday broke the news of very low turnout of students and teachers as some schools reopened their gates for academic activities following the review of the curfew in Kaduna metropolis as at Wednesday.
Some teachers, parents and other individuals strongly advise that given the present situation, school heads should be sensitive to the safety of their students and teachers in taking decisions to ask them to start coming to school until normalcy genuinely returns.
All secular and religious activities have been grounded. This includes the previously planned Kaduna state-wide crusade of Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry which had been slated to hold on Friday, 26/October, 2018. It has been postponed indefinitely.