The Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has relaxed a 24-hour curfew imposed on three Local Government Areas of Jema’a, Kaura and Zangon Kataf, following intense criticism that the restriction was aimed at frustrating Christmas festivities.
A statement by governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said the curfew was relaxed to 12 hours, from 6am to 6pm, with effect from December 25 to 26, while the 24-hour curfew in the affected LGAs will revert on December 27.
Mr. Aruwan said more troops have been deployed to state ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations after credible intelligence at the disposal of security agencies suggests apossible threat to peace.
“In order to strengthen security in Southern Kaduna and the state at large, more troops and operatives comprising the Nigerian Army, DSS and other intelligence personnel/investigators have been deployed to ensure the security of citizenry and maintenance of law and order.
“The Nigerian Police has also deployed various units of Mobile Police, Counter Terrorism Units (CTU) as well as many units of both conventional and undercover police to adequately provide security to the people.
“You may recall that the Governor had met Mr. President regarding the security situation in the areas and the intelligence reports at the disposal of security agencies.
“Citizens throughout the state can contact security agencies via the following emergency numbers: 0703-967-5856, 0807-539-1105
“You may contact the Area Commanders through the following numbers also:
“Kaduna Central Senatorial District: 0803-385-0043 or 0803-433-1872.
Kaduna North Senatorial District: Zaria: 0803-317-4270 and 0806-128-6619.
Kaduna South Senatorial District: Kafanchan: 0813-262-0315 and 0803-632-9263,” Mr. Aruwan added.