Kaduna town. PHOTO: YouTube
• Okays movement from 6am to 5pm
The Kaduna State government, yesterday relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed in its domain following the bloody crisis that engulfed the city last Sunday.
In a statement, the government said it would not hesitate to impose the curfew again if there is any report of violence that threatens lives and properties.
The spokesman of Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, in the statement, said: “Curfew hours in Kaduna have been reviewed; and effective tomorrow (today), Thursday, 25th October 2018, residents of Kaduna are free to pursue their legitimate business from 6:00am to 5:00pm.”
According to him, the “dusk to dawn curfew will be enforced from 5:00pm to 6:00am daily, until further notice.”
He explained that the government took the decision to review the curfew hours following a meeting yesterday of a select committee of the state security council.
“The heads of the 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 (Tuesday).
“The government is grateful to our citizens for their cooperation while withstanding the unintended inconvenience. 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.”