By Idowu Michael, in Maiduguri
The Borno State Government on Friday put a stop to the three weeks extended curfew on the state, which was slammed to allow for massive clampdown on Boko Haram enclaves across the troubled state.
With the latest decision, the curfew returns to 10:30 pm to 6am daily, beginning from Saturday January 20, 2018.
The state had on the advice of the military on January 5, this year extended the curfew time by two hours, from between 10pm -6am to 8pm- 6am, in order to give room for a special operation launched against Boko Haram.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, the Borno State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Dr. Mohammed Bulama, said, “the three weeks 8pm to 6am curfew imposed on Maiduguri and Jere have been lfted, beginning from tomorrow (Saturday January 20, 2018).
He said: “Government after due consultation with the Theatre Commander ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ Major General Nicholas Rogers and other relevant security agencies decided to review the curfew to 10:30pm to 6am.”
He said: “Government once again deeply regrets the understandably difficult situation the development inevitably created, as well as the great inconvenience the general public had suffered during the three weeks 8pm to 6am curfew,” adding that “the decision was taken to safeguard collective security and well-being of the citizenry.
“Government therefore urges all indigenes and residents of Borno State to cooperate with all security agencies in the fight against Boko Haram and be vigilante by reporting any suspicious movement in their community to security operatives tame the menace of insurgents and other criminal activities in the state.”
He assured that: “Government under the leadership of governor Kashim Shettima will always sacrifice all to ensure peace, stability, development and progress of not only our dear State, but Nigeria as a whole.
He added that: “We also appreciated the understanding, support and cooperation of the general public and urged them to be law abiding, as very soon, the state will be declared curfew- free at all times.”