As the Nigerian Air Force commences a full scale aerial offensive against the Boko Haram insurgents terrorising Borno-Adamawa border towns, the Army has reviewed the curfew imposed on Adamawa State.
The curfew which was previously 11pm – 5am has been reviewed to 7pm – 5am commencing from yesterday, March 2, 2014 till further notice.
Announcing the review in a press statement, the Army public relations officer (APRO), Captain Nuhu Jafaru, said the reason for the review is to strengthen security in the state, urging the public to comply with the new order as it is meant to enhance the safety of lives and properties of innocent citizens.
Adamawa State is among the three states where a state of emergency was declared by President Goodluck Jonathan since May last year following escalation of insurgency in the states.
Before the current review, which is the fourth time the curfew is being reviewed in the state since the emergency rule was declared, the military had relaxed the curfew commencing from 11pm to 5am following the successes recorded in the war against the insurgents.
Military fighter jets have been pounding targets in the region in order to dislodge the Boko Haram insurgents who are becoming daring in their operations, resulting in the killing of soldiers and innocent citizens, sacking about 20 villages.
Some residents of Yola condemned the action, saying that it will translate into more hardship for them as businesses will be negatively affected.
A meat barbecue seller who did not want his name in print said he saw the review as a punishment on innocent citizens, saying similar measures taken by the military could not yield positive result as insurgency attacks seem to have escalated since the emergency rule was imposed on the state last year.
While commenting, the director of press and public affairs to the governor, Mallam Ahmed Sajoh said President Goodluck Jonathan declared that only the government, and not the military, had the prerogative of imposing curfews during his last visit to the state.
“But since the military has imposed the curfew, Adamawa State government is calling on all citizens of the state to respect it and remain law abiding for peace to prevail,” Sajoh added.
Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called for continuous prayers for peace, unity and development in the country.
Abubakar made the call during a national preaching session organised by an Islamic group, the Jama’tu Izalatul Bidi’a Waikamatus Sunna (JIBWIS) in Kano yesterday.
Represented by Alhaji Garba Tambari, Emir of Maradun in Zamfara, the Sultan decried the security challenges bedevilling the North, especially the North-Eastern part of the country and said prayers were necessary to ensure peace, unity and development in the country.
Earlier, in his remarks, the national chairman of the Izala Islamic group, Sheik Sani Jingir, called for collaborative efforts in the fight against insurgency.