Chaos in Sierra Leone over attempted coup as government declares nationwide curfew (videos)

A military armoury in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown came under attack on Sunday morning in a suspected coup attempt, the government announced, as it imposed an immediate national curfew.


The government said those attempting to break into the armoury at a major army barracks had been repelled, but the public were asked to stay at home.


Witnesses say they heard gunshots and explosions in the city’s Wilberforce district, where the armoury is located as well as a number of embassies in the capital.

Other witnesses said they heard exchanges of fire near a barracks in Murray Town district, home to the navy, as well as outside another military site in Freetown.


“The public is assured that the government and our state security forces are in control,” Information Minister Chernor Bah wrote in a “public notice”.

“To enable the security forces to continue the process of apprehending the suspects, a nationwide curfew is declared with immediate effect across the country,” the minister said.

Chaos in Sierra Leone over attempted coup as government declares nationwide curfew (videos)

Sierra Leone, has been going through a political crisis following presidential and general elections in June this year.

The attempted coup comes following series of coups in West African countries since August 2020.


Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Guinea, which shares a border with Sierra Leone, have all fallen under military control.

Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio also offered assurances that calm had been returned to the capital, urging people to stay indoors.

“In the early hours of this morning, there was a breach of security at the Military Barracks at Wilberforce in Freetown, as some unidentified individuals attacked the military armoury,” he posted on X, formerly Twitter.

“Unidentified individuals attacked the military armoury. However, they were repelled by our gallant Security Forces and calm has been restored,” said Bio.


“As the combined team of our Security Forces continue to route out the remnant of the fleeing renegades, a nationwide curfew has been declared and citizens are encouraged to stay indoors,” Bio said.


He added that the government would “continue to protect the peace and security of Sierra Leone against the forces that wish to truncate our much-cherished stability” and said it was “resolute in our determination to protect democracy in Sierra Leone.”

Bio, who was first elected in 2018, was re-elected in June with 56.17 percent of the vote — just over the 55 percent needed to avoid a run-off.









Police declare 24-hour curfew in Kano

A 24-hour curfew has been declared in Kano State following the judgement of the election petitions tribunal sacking the state governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf. 


The state Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Usaini Gumel, in a statement he personally signed, said a combined team of security operatives have been dispatched across the city to enforce the curfew.


“In view of the Constitutional mandate of the Nigeria Police Force alongside the relevant Internal Security and Law Enforcement Agencies to preserve law and order in the State, the Kano State Police Command have mapped out strategies on that direction and call on the good people of the State to give the necessary confidence and supports.

Going forward, Kano State residents are called upon to note that combined Security Forces have already been dispatched to the nooks and crannies including the entry and exits of the State to ensure enforcement and strict compliance of the Twenty-Four Hours (24hrs) Curfew order as communicated by the State Government via letter with Reference No: K/SEC/H/435/T.1/153 dated 20th September, 2023 taking effect from 6pm of Wednesday, 20th September to 6pm of Thursday, 21st September 2023.

Finally, I wish to appreciate all the peace-loving People of the State and urge them to remain law abiding as it’s in the best interest of all that we come together to maintain law and order in the State” he said


There have been apprehension in the state following the judgement delivered by the tribunal that declared Nasir Yusuf Gawuna of the APC as the winner of the election.


Residents of the state began closing their shops for fear of being attacked by hoodlums after the tribunal delivered its judgment.


Bayelsa government imposes curfew on Opu-Nembe community

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Opu-Nembe community following a crisis. 


Governor Diri announced this after a closed-door meeting with members of the Security Council in the state. He also dissolved all the youth and chieftaincy councils in Opu-Nembe.


The security council also called on the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to withdraw the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team sent to Opu-Nembe and allow the joint security agents in the state to quell the crisis.

Governor Fintiri relaxes curfew in 17 Adamawa LGAs

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri has relaxed the curfew in 17 of the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.


The Adamawa state Governor had imposed the curfew on the affected areas following last Sunday’s looting of government warehouses by unidentified hoodlums.


This was announced by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou. The curfew will continue in Yola-North, Yola-South, Girei and Numan from 6 p.m to 6 a.m daily, until further notice.


The statement read; 


”Security operatives will, therefore, remain in the affected councils to enforce the new directive with a view to further maintain law and order.

“The curfew was never declared to inflict hardship on our people in the first instance but to protect them and return normalcy to the affected areas.”

Governor Fintiri declares 24-hour curfew in Adamawa after private warehouses were looted

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state has declared a 24-hour curfew shortly after some private warehouses in the state were looted. 


A video shared online showed some persons carting away grains from warehouses they broke into. 


Humwashi Wonosikou, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary who announced the curfew said there will be no movement throughout the state during the curfew and anyone found not complying would be arrested.


He noted that the curfew was necessary due to the activities of hoodlums in Adamawa. The statement read; 


“The Governor of Adamawa State, the Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has declared a 24-hour curfew on the state, effective immediately Sunday 30th July, 2023.

“Governor Fintiri said the curfew followed the dangerous dimension the activities of hoodlums had assumed across the state capital as they attack people with matchet and break into business premises and homes carting away property.

“With the curfew imposed, there will be no movement throughout the state. Rt. Hon. Fintiri said only those on essential duties with valid identification would be permitted to move around during the period of the curfew.

“The Governor is appealing to citizens and residents of the state to comply with the directive, adding that any person found contravening the order would be arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.”




Governor Kefas relaxes curfew in warring communities

Governor Agbu Kefas of Taraba state has relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on warring communities in the state.


This came after dialogue and an engagement that brought peace in Karim town and its surroundings, in the wake of renewed hostilities between Karimjo and Wurkum ethnic groups in Karim Lamido Local Government Area of the state.


Chief press secretary to the governor, Yusuf Sanda, said the curfew now takes effect from 6pm to 6am daily instead of 24 hours ordered by the governor earlier.


The statement read; 


“It could be recalled that Governor Agbu Kefas convened an emergency meeting to resolve the crisis in Karim Lamido LGA with Security agencies and critical stakeholders on July 4, 2023, where significant decisions were made.” 

Governor Mutfwang imposes 24-hour curfew on Plateau Council

Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau state has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Mangu Local Government Area, following recent attacks that left many people dead. 


The curfew which was imposed after Governor Muftwang held a meeting with the State Security Council, is expected to restore law and order in the area.


Gyang Bere, Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor of Plateau State said movement has been restricted within the Local Government until further notice except for security personnel and persons on essential duties.


Security agencies have been directed to ensure total enforcement of the curfew.

Coachella Festival fined $117,000 for breaking curfew

Coachella Music Festival has been handed a $117K fine for violating the City of Indio’s curfew.


Pitchfork reported that the fines come after the festival ran for over 20 minutes past its approved curfew on each day from April 14 to April 16. The festival ran 25 minutes past its curfew on Friday (April 14), 22 minutes on Saturday (April 15) and 25 minutes on Sunday (April 16).


The fines are part of an agreement between Coachella organizer, Goldenvoice, and the city of Indio, California dating back to 2013. According to the agreement, going five minutes past the curfew will result in a $20,000 fine for each day, with every subsequent minute costing $1,000. The fines allegedly go towards the city’s General Fund, which is used for operating costs, public works and police and fire departments.


Frank Ocean‘s headlining set on Sunday ran 25 minutes past curfew, thanks in part to the singer starting his set an hour late. His set was one met with multiple controversies, beginning with its scheduled livestream being cancelled just hours before he was supposed to perform. After starting his set late, it was abruptly brought to an end after being told that he was out of time. It has also since been reported that several last-minute changes were made to his set after he allegedly injured his ankle during on-ground rehearsals. 


History was also made during the recent music festival as Bad Bunny became the first Latin artist to headline the festival, and Blackpink became the first K-pop act to headline. 


Zamfara imposes dusk-to-dawn curfew

Zamfara State Government has imposed a statewide curfew after the governorship election.


This is coming after Governor Bello Matawalle of the All Progressives Congress lost his reelection bid to Dauda Lawal Dare, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart.


Ibrahim Dosara, Commissioner for Information, said the measure was taken to check violence. The statement read; 


“The government of Zamfara state has noticed with dismay, the wanton destruction and vandalisation of government and public property and assets where several innocent citizens are being inflicted with various degrees of injuries in the name of celebration of yesterday’s declaration of Governorship election results.

“Reports available to the government indicate that in lives were lost, houses and personal effects destroyed and shops were burgled.

“To guard against these acts, government finds it imperative to impose statewide curfew from 8 pm to 6am until peace is restored. Security agencies are therefore directed to ensure compliance.”


Ondo government imposes curfew on Ikare-Akoko over communal clash

A 24-hour curfew has been imposed by the Ondo state government on Ikare-Akoko, the headquarters of the Akoko North East Local Government Area following a communal clash.


A communal clash had erupted in the area on Tuesday evening, January3, following a crisis between two rival youth groups at a carnival in the town, during which gunshots were reported.


The curfew imposition was announced in a media statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Richard Olabode.


It read;


“Security agencies have been directed to ensure strict compliance with the order just as investigations are already on to unravel the real cause(s) of the violent clash.

“For emphasis, Ikare-Akoko has been closed down for any unauthorized human movement and activity until further notice.”


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