A select committee of the Kaduna State Security Council met this morning. The heads of the security agencies in Kaduna State and senior government officials, led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, reviewed the security situation in the state.
The council sympathised with residents on the inconvenience associated with the curfew, saying it was imposed to save lives and is under constant review.
The Security Council noted the substantial compliance with the curfew by residents and welcomed the atmosphere of calm largely prevailing in the areas under curfew, as well as across the state.
The Security Council commended residents for refusing to allow criminal elements to divide our communities and sow chaos. It urged Kaduna residents to continue to cooperate with the security agencies, to ensure that those who want a peaceful, law-governed society prevail over criminals who prefer chaos and anarchy.
Kachia Curfew relaxed
The Security Council noted with gratitude the exemplary conduct of the people of Kachia who have remained peaceful while mourning the loss of a much revered monarch. In recognition of this positive contribution to harmony, the Security Council has directed that the curfew in Kachia be relaxed immediately, today, Saturday, 27th October 2018.
Residents of Kachia are free to go about their legitimate business from now till 5pm today. From tomorrow, Sunday, 28th October 2018, Kachia residents are also free to move from 6am to 5pm daily.
Arrests of hoodlums continue
Within the curfew areas, security agencies thwarted attempts to destroy places of worship in Kawo and Hanyin Banki. It was also reported that one person was killed in Kasuwan Magani and another arrested with a weapon overnight.
The police reported that 32 persons have been arrested since yesterday for involvement in the disturbances. These persons will be investigated and prosecuted.
Compliance with curfew hours
The Security Council advised residents to continue to comply with curfew hours, warning that only persons involved with delivering essential services will be permitted free passage. Curfew violations are crimes that will earn arrest and prosecution.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media & Publicity)
27th October 2018.