The Kaduna State Government has reviewed the 24-hour curfew initially imposed on the state as a result of violence that has led to the murder of more than 50 persons.

A statement by Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity) on Wednesday, noted that "Effective tomorrow, Thursday, 25th October 2018, residents of Kaduna are free to pursue their legitimate business from 6am to 5pm".

A dusk-to-dawn curfew has also been enforced from 5pm to 6am daily "until further notice".

According to the statement, the state government took the decision to review the curfew hours after a meeting on Wednesday of a select committee of the State Security Council.

The statement read: "The heads of security agencies reported significant progress in restoring calm and commended residents for the peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves during the four-hour relaxation of the curfew in parts of Kaduna yesterday. The Government is grateful to our citizens for their cooperation while withstanding the unintended convenience.

"Government expects normal banking and other services to resume, and markets to open as normal as from tomorrow. The security agencies will remain vigilant and continue to protect residents. Intensive surveillance of known pockets of potential trouble is also continuing, by troops on the ground and by helicopter patrols.

"It is obligatory on residents to scrupulously observe the night-time curfew hours, to keep the peace and to cooperate with the security agencies to keep our state safe. Community leaders are enjoined to ensure that hoodlums and other potential threats to peace are promptly reported to the security agencies.

"Government therefore urges all residents to report any suspicious activity to the security agencies and to refrain from spreading rumours and unverified information. The Security Council advises that there will be no hesitation to reimpose a 24-hour curfew in the event of any breach of peace."

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