Ramadan: JTF Relaxes Curfew In Maiduguri

Channels Television  
Updated July 17, 2013

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno state on Wednesday relaxed the dusk to dawn curfew imposed in the state by two hours to enable Muslims in the state perform the Ramadan fast.

According to a press statement by the JTF spokesman, Lt. Col Sagir Musa, where the relaxation of the curfew was contained and made available to newsmen in Maiduguri, the relaxation of curfew was due to the commencement of  Ramadan fast.

“The JTF says it has observed tremendous improvement in the security situation in Borno state and for that reason and in the spirit of Ramadan, the task force finds it expedient to review the curfew timings imposed in the state.

In order to sustain special operations in the face of the recent Boko Haram attack in some areas in the Maiduguri metropolis, the JTF had in May imposed an indefinite 24-hour curfew in 12 wards of Maiduguri metropolis.

The affected wards are:  Gamboru, Mairi Kuwait, Bakin Kogi, Kasuwan Shanu, Ruwan Zafi, 202 Quarters, Dikwa Quarters, Low-cost Sinimari, 505 Housing Estate, Chad Basin Area, 303 Housing Estate and Baga road.

The imposition of the 24- hour curfew came five days after President Goodluck Jonathan declared state of emergency in three north-east states of the country.

Since the declaration, the troops has made sure that the sect members have no resting place as they have been forced to abandon their hideouts located in some forest areas in Gwoza, Bama and other areas of Borno and the other two states.