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Nigeria religious riots, death toll rises as Governor imposes curfew

Seven people have been confirmed killed and another seven wounded in  yesterday’s religious riots in Bauchi, Northern Nigeria, just as the State Government Isa.  Yuguda imposed a night-time curfew on its capital city to forestall future loses.

The Police Public Relations officer said the corpses of the victims have been deposited in the Buachi  State Specialist Hospital, while the suspects are being detained at the Command Headquarters in Bauchi town

Military and security forces patrolled the streets and set up checkpoints in neighbourhoods hardest hit by the clashes. There were no reports of violence since early Saturday in the north-eastern city of Bauchi.

Announcing the curfew, Governor Isa Yuguda said: “I am pleased to inform you that normalcy has been restored in these areas,”

“However, in order to ensure that some mischievous and evil-minded elements do not take advantage of the situation, it has become necessary for the government to restrict movement in the areas considered to be volatile.”

The curfew, which restricts people to their homes from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., was widened late on Sunday to include all of Bauchi. Movement restrictions were initially imposed on seven neighbourhoods.

The police have also banned all political rallies and public gatherings.

Hundreds of residents have sought refuge at a government school located in the city’s army barracks, where Red Cross officials have set up a food distribution centre.

“We are doing our best to see that the refugees are comfortable … and to bring them food, especially the children,” said Adamu Abubakar, head of the Nigerian Red Cross i