Curfew imposed in Gombe State after murder of prominent Islamic cleric

Mr. Oqua Etim, Gombe State Police Commissioner

By Williams Ago, Gombe

The Gombe State Police Command has imposed a restriction of movement order in the State following the gruesome murder of a prominent Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Albani Kuri.

The popular scholar was allegedly killed in the early hours of Wednesday (09/08/23) by yet to be identified armed robbers in his residence located in Bobona, Tabra quarters in the outskirts of Gombe, the State capital.

According to sources, four suspected robbers whose faces were covered with masks entered the house and requested money from him but he resisted and was overpowered by the masked men, who stabbed him severally with a knife and cutlasses, which resulted in his death.

The gruesome murder, condemned by the state governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya and many well meaning people of the State, has led the State Police Commissioner, Oqua Etim, to declare the restriction of movement order from 12 midnight to 6am.

The CP has equally directed that a thorough investigation be carried out on the circumstances surrounding the incident.

In a press release issued by the Police Command through the PPRO, ASP Mahid Muazu Abubakar, the CP directed all HODs, tactical commanders, and Divisional Police Officers to enforce the movement restrictions across the state.

It said the measure is necessary to maintain law and order, ensure public safety, and curb the rising cases of criminal activities in the state. 

"All residents are advised to cooperate with us and other security agencies and avoid unnecessary movements within the stipulated hours except those on essential services. 

"The police command shall work in collaboration with other security agencies to ensure strict compliance with this directive. The public is urged to support this effort by reporting any suspicious individual or group seen moving within the restricted hours to the nearest security agency", the statement reads.

While assuring the public of its commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all residents in the state, the Command urged the public to remain vigilant, adding, "together, we can make Gombe State a safe place for everyone.”
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