| KADUNA, Nigeria
KADUNA, Nigeria At minimum fourteen people today were being killed in central Nigeria, a government spokesman explained on Tuesday, in combating over grazing land and h2o, piling tension on authorities presently struggling with an Islamist insurgency in its northeast and rebels in the oil-prosperous south.
Semi-nomadic herders shot dead at minimum fourteen villagers and wrecked property in attacks over a 24 hour time period in southern Kaduna point out, Samuel Aruwan, a spokesman for the governor of Kaduna, explained in a statement.
Kaduna – a flashpoint for north-south, Muslim-Christian frictions – has in current months noticed the worst violence due to the fact 800 people today were being killed in riots soon after elections in 2011.
Aruwan explained a curfew “became necessary to safeguard life and property and stay clear of the additional breakdown of law and buy”.
“Only essential staff and all those on humanitarian expert services are permitted motion soon after thanks clearance by stability organizations,” he explained.
The combating over scarce assets arrives at a particularly delicate time for Kaduna city, which is about to develop into the key air hub in central and northern Nigeria, as the cash Abuja’s airport closes for runway repairs in March.
The Kaduna point out government explained on Monday a garrison commander from the Nigerian Army’s Initial Division had been sent to the southern region to coordinate a response to this sort of attacks.
(Creating by Paul Carsten Editing by Louise Ireland)