The clash between Hausa community and a section of their Yoruba hosts in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital on Thursday forced Governor Ayodele Fayose to declare a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state.
According to the governor, who announced this when he visited the Hausa community at Atikankan area of Ado Ekiti, the curfew would last between 6p.m and 6a.m. daily.
Mr. Fayose explained that the curfew had become necessary to forestall further mayhem and arrest perpetrators of the violence.
He ordered the security agencies to arrest anyone found roaming the streets in defiance of the curfew.
The governor appealed to warring factions to remain calm and assured that justice would be done in the case.
“I plead with you to allow peace to reign. Nigeria belongs to all of us, whether you are Hausa, Ibo or Yoruba.
“I assure you that the perpetrators and sponsors of this evil act will not go unpunished’’, he said.
Sabo, a Hausa community in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, was attacked on Wednesday allegedly by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, allegedly acting on the instruction of the Peoples Democratic Party-led government in the State.
The violence was a culmination of previous acts of harassment of the Hausas, the head of the Hausa community, Sarkin Adamu, said.
While the attackers were on rampage, shops belonging to the Hausas were destroyed, burnt or looted, a witness said.