The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has warned prospective corps members posted to Kaduna to stay back at home until the situation in the troubled state improves.
There is a 24-hour curfew in parts of the State, including its capital following killings in Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Government Area that exacerbated ethno-religious tension in the volatile state. A traditional ruler of the Adara people and his wife were kidnapped after the killing of his driver, police orderly and three others.
Police put the number of deaths in Kasuwan Magani at 55, though other sources estimate the figure at nearly a hundred.
This comes as the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) disclosed that 23 people were killed and 17 injured in various parts of Kaduna metropolis during the violence on Sunday.
The social media has been agog with gory details, including messages warning persons on their movements because of reprisal attacks.
In a statement, the NYSC said: “The Management of National Youth Service Corps wishes to inform all 2018 Batch C prospective Corps Members deployed to Kaduna State that the commencement of the Orientation Course earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018 has been suspended till further notice due to the current security situation and consequent curfew imposed by the state government.
“All affected prospective Corps Members are advised to remain at home until further notice from the NYSC Management.
“However, all other prospective Corps Members deployed to other States and FCT are to report at the various orientation camps on Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018 as scheduled.
“All inconveniences are regretted.”
On Channels Television this Monday morning, the Police warned trallers to take alternative routes.
Force spokesman, DCP Jimoh Moshood said: “We advise those who will be passing through Kaduna, because Kaduna is gateway to so many states to the north, top make use of alternative routes. They can by-pass Kaduna metro for now because the 24 hours curfew is only within Kaduna metro and in Kajuru Local Government.
“There are quite a number of alternative routes that can make use of. The announcement has been made since yesterday and we want those who have relatives who want to travel to advise them to make use of alternative routes to by-pass alternative routes…adequate security service has been made for those who will be making use of the train service from Abuja to Kaduna and other parts of the country.”
“Before now, the announcement have been made that there is 24 hours curfew. We so much believe that as soon as normalcy is restored and evaluation of this normalcy is done, the curfew will wind down, if not completely but restricted to some places.”
On social media, travellers were warned not to use the train from Abuja to Kaduna because its termination point is Rigasa, known for being populated by persons of a particular faith.