The Kaduna State Government today lifted the curfew imposed in the state capital and elsewhere soon after a spate of deadly religious violence on June 17, 2012.

In a statement released by Reuben Buhari, a media aide to Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa of Kaduna State, the government cited an “improved security situation witnessed in Kaduna State” as the reason for removing the curfew.

Mr. Buhari disclosed that the decision was reached at today’s meeting of the state’s Security Council. According to him, the council held an “extensive deliberation [and] decided to completely remove the curfew hours currently in place with effect from today.”

However, the statement ordered operators of commuter motorcycles in the state to continue to “adhere strictly to the restriction on their movement which starts by 9 p.m. and ends by 6 a.m.”

The governor’s statement implored state residents “to remain law abiding and cooperate fully with security agencies.”

The curfew was imposed after suspected Islamic militants bombed several churches in Kaduna and Zaria, triggering off reprisal attacks in which hundreds of people died or were displaced.

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