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09 Apr 2020 | 08:27 AM UTC

Nigeria: Multiple arrests in Kaduna state amid COVID-19 lockdown measures April 8

Multiple arrested for violating COVID-19 lockdown measures April 8, further reports of fatalities after clashes between security forces and protesters April 6

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According to local media sources on Wednesday, April 8, multiple individuals found to be violating the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures in place statewide have been arrested in Kaduna state in the last week. The Kaduna State Police Command has arrested at least 21 people and impounded 53 vehicles. Reports indicate that at least ten of the arrestees were screened and later released.

Restrictive measures remain in place in Kaduna state, including social distancing orders and a 24-hour curfew, and were initially imposed on Friday, March 28, by the government in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. Further reporting suggests that at least four civilians were killed and an unconfirmed number were injured on Monday, April 6, in Kaduna state during clashes with security forces over said measures. Reports indicate that youth in the Tirkania community, a suburb of Kaduna, were protesting at a local market area for the same reasons. Protesters reportedly threw stones at the police who retaliated by firing tear gas to disperse them. Reports then suggest that the security forces fired live bullets and killed at least four people in the vicinity.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in Kaduna state amid the lockdown restrictions. Further clashes between protesters and security forces are possible. 

Advice

Individuals in Kaduna state are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.