As peace gradually returns to Kaduna and environs, curfew hours in the state have been reviewed.
A statement issued and signed by Senior Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El-rufai on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwa said effective tomorrow, Thursday, 25th October 2018, residents of Kaduna are free to pursue their legitimate business from 6am to 5pm.
He said dusk to dawn curfew will be enforced from 5pm to 6am daily, until further notice.
According to him, the Kaduna State Government took the decision to review the curfew hours following a meeting today of a select committee of the State Security Council.
The statement further explained that 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.
“The Government is grateful to our citizens for their cooperation while withstanding the unintended inconvenience.” He added
Aruwa said government expects normal banking and other services to resume, and markets to open as normal as from tomorrow, adding that “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,” Aruwa further explained.
According to him, “government therefore urges all residents to report any suspicious activity to the security agencies and to refrain from spreading rumoursand 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 the peace.”