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Update News: Religious Crisis Erupts In Central Nigerian State As Plateau Governor, Declares 24-Hour Curfew Over Burning Of Churches

  JANUARY 24 , 2024 | EASTERN PILOT Report By: ujunwamiriam | Governor Caleb Mutfwang has declared a 24-hour curfew on the Mangu Local Gover...



Report By: ujunwamiriam |

Governor Caleb Mutfwang has declared a 24-hour curfew on the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, North-Central Nigeria with immediate effect. This was announced in a press statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesperson, Gyang Bere revealing the decision was taken due to prevalent security problems in the area. The statement added that Governor Mutfwang took the decision after consultations with relevant security agencies and to avoid a breakdown of law and order in the local government area.

SaharaReporters earlier reported that in what seemed like a brewing religious crisis, the Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN) was set ablaze in the area.
SaharaReporters had learnt that rampaging armed men are currently torching church buildings and attacking those perceived to be Christians in Mangu. A resident of the area told SaharaReporters that the assailants, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen came from the surrounding bushes.

Meanwhile, the governor noted that certain people were still trying to create an atmosphere of insecurity in the state, despite the government's efforts to put an end to terrorist operations. He also extended sympathy to the relatives of the slain and injured, assuring them that the government would not give up on establishing long-term stability in the state.

He vowed to reassess the curfew as soon as the local security situation improved. Mangu is one of the councils in the state that had witnessed a lot of incessant attacks which resulted in loss of lives and properties in recent times. SaharaReporters had in May reported that Mangu local government area of Plateau State was sacked by armed Fulani herdsmen who invaded 32 communities, forcing nine Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camps to spring up.

There is also the bomb explosion incident.  Tragedy Strikes Kidandan Village: 10 Children Injured in Explosive Incident. Tension gripped Kidandan Village in the Giwa LGA of Kaduna State today as 10 children suffered injuries in a sudden explosion. The injured children have been taken to the hospital for treatment. No fewer than 10 children were fatally injured on Saturday as an explosion rocked Kidandan Village in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

It was gathered that the incident occurred Saturday afternoon as children who had gone into the bush to fetch firewood returned home with a strange object suspected to be an improvised explosive device (IED). The object, suspected to be an improvised explosive device (IED), detonated, causing a devastating explosion. The blast resulted in no fewer than 10 children being critically injured. The immediate aftermath was chaos, with the injured children and their families grappling with the shock and horror of the situation.

In the face of such a dire situation, the immediate priority was to ensure the injured children received prompt and adequate medical attention. Emergency services swiftly descended upon Kidandan Village, with ambulances rushing the injured to the nearest hospital for treatment. The local community, stunned by the sudden turn of events, rallied together to support the affected families and offer assistance where possible.

The injured children were admitted to the hospital, where medical professionals worked tirelessly to assess and treat their injuries. The medical team faced the daunting task of addressing a range of injuries resulting from the explosion. The hospital staff, including doctors, nurses, and support personnel, displayed commendable resilience and dedication in the face of this tragic situation. The village head of Kidandan, Alhaji Abubakar Umar, confirmed the incident, saying that “we thank God; there was no death, but 10 people were injured.

“The injured children have been taken to the hospital for treatment. Right now, I am compiling their names,” he said. He also said that, operatives of the Nigeria Police had visited the community as of Saturday evening. Explaining what happened, Councilor Representing Kidandan Ward, Hon. Abdullahi Ismail said the children picked the object in the bush where they went to fetch firewood and they were bringing it home when it exploded. “I was told the children picked the object in the bush when they went looking for firewood. It exploded and injured them badly,” he said.

Other sources from the community said the intestine of one of the victims was pulped out, while others had their legs and arms broken. Spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Mansir Hassan, did not respond to calls put to him for confirmation of the incident. The tragedy that befell Kidandan Village serves as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the unforeseen challenges that communities may face. As the injured children undergo treatment and the community comes to terms with the aftermath, there is a collective hope for healing and resilience. The incident also underscores the importance of community safety awareness and the need for authorities to address potential threats to the well-being of innocent civilians.


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