The Kaduna State Government imposed a 24-hour curfew on three local councils yesterday to protect lives and properties of the people.
A statement by the Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, in Kaduna, listed the areas as Zangon-Kataf, Kaura and Jema’a.
The statement stated that the State Security Council also endorsed a ban on processions and unlawful assembly in any part of the state.
It stated that the council took the step based on credible intelligence reports about risks to lives and property in the affected areas.
The decision was taken after an emergency security council meeting yesterday.
The statement added that security agencies had been empowered to arrest and prosecute any individual or groups that violate the orders.
The meeting was chaired by El-Rufai. In attendance were his Deputy, Barnabas Bala, the state Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh and the Director of Department of State Services (DSS) Mohammed Wakili.
Others were the Commander, 1 Division Garrison, Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. I. Isa; Commandant, Nigerian Navy School of Armament, Kachia, Rear Admiral T. T. Dakwat and Base Commander, Nigerian Air Force, Kaduna, AVM Bello Garba.