Kaduna: Govt relaxes 24-hour curfew

Three killed, many injured in attack on Kaduna communities
Nasir-El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Government, on Wednesday, reviewed the 24-hour curfew it imposed following the religious violence that broke out in the state last Thursday.

No fewer than 55 people were killed.

The curfew was imposed on Sunday as a result of reports of a continuation of the violence in some parts of the state.

However, after a review of the situation, the government announced that the people of the state could move freely from  6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Effective tomorrow, Thursday, 25th October 2018, residents of Kaduna are free to pursue their legitimate business from 6am to 5pm,” the government said.

The statement reads further: “The heads of security agencies reported significant progress in restoring calm and commended residents for the peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves during the four-hour relaxation of the curfew in parts of Kaduna yesterday. The Government is grateful to our citizens for their cooperation while withstanding the unintended convenience.

“Government expects normal banking and other services to resume, and markets to open as normal as from tomorrow. The security agencies will remain vigilant and continue to protect residents. Intensive surveillance of known pockets of potential trouble is also continuing, by troops on the ground and by helicopter patrols.

“It is obligatory on residents to scrupulously observe the night-time curfew hours, to keep the peace and to cooperate with the security agencies to keep our state safe. Community leaders are enjoined to ensure that hoodlums and other potential threats to peace are promptly reported to the security agencies.

“Government therefore urges all residents to report any suspicious activity to the security agencies and to refrain from spreading rumours and unverified information. The Security Council advises that there will be no hesitation to reimpose a 24-hour curfew in the event of any breach of peace.”