Darius Ishaku, governor of Taraba state, on Thursday, imposed a 12-hour curfew on Wukari Town “to prevent breakdown of law and order”.
The curfew was imposed following an attack on the convoy of Sani Danladi, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, by suspected hoodlums.
David Akinremi, commissioner of police in the state, told journalists that Danladi was heading to Ibi local government area when he was attacked.
In a statement issued by Bala Dan-Abu, senior special assistant to the governor on media and publicity, the curfew is to run from 6am to 6pm until further notice.
According to the statement, the curfew was necessitated by the alleged “invasion of Wukari by the governorship candidate of the APC with political thugs”, thereby, causing breakdown of law and order.
“The attack was between thugs of APC and its aggrieved members of United Democratic Party,” the statement said.
“The governor wishes to advise politicians to exercise restraint as they move about with their campaign.”
But reacting, Aaron Arthimas, spokesman of the APC in the state, accused the governor and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of sponsoring the attack on the convoy of the APC governorship candidate in which 10 vehicles were allegedly destroyed.
“Our governorship candidate, Sani Abubakar Danladi, has just escaped assassination attempt in Wukari town,” Arthimas said.
“We were negotiating the last roundabout in Wukari town on our way to Ibi when youths in Wukari, suspected to be loyal to PDP, attacked our convoy.
“The youths in their numbers barricaded the Ibi roundabout area of Wukari where our convoy was heading, and were armed with dangerous weapons with which they opened fire on the convoy.
“I cannot ascertain the casualty figures now, but some vehicles have been burnt and tension is still high.”