Yobe state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam on Saturday approved the placement of restriction of vehicular movement in the state during the Eid el-fitr celebration.
The restriction, said a statement by the media aide of the governor, Abdullahi Bego, was part of measures to ensure secure and hitch-free Eid-el-Fitr prayers marking the end of the Ramadan fast.
“Accordingly, all vehicular movement in the state is restricted with effect from 10.00pm tonight (Saturday 24th June 2017) to 10.00am on Sunday (25th June 2017).
“The restriction is, however, conditional on the sighting of the new moon tonight and confirmation that the Eid-el-Fitr will be tomorrow Sunday,” Mr Bego said.
The governor’s spokesperson however said in the event that the moon has not been sighted and the Eid will be on Monday, “the restriction will apply ONLY from 10.00pm on Sunday (25th June 2017) to 10.00am on Monday (26th June 2017).
“The public should also note that, stemming from this measure, no vehicle will be allowed in any Eid prayer ground throughout the state.”
While urging the people of the state to comply with the directive, the state said the state government took this measure in the interest of public safety.
The decision followed consultations the governor had with heads of law enforcement agencies in the state, Mr Bego said.