Bwari crisis: FCTA relaxes curfew as normalcy returns

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration has relaxed the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew earlier imposed on Bwari over the Christmas day crisis that erupted in the town.

It is now to be observed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., according to a statement signed by the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Malam Abubakar Sani.

The statement was made available to newsmen on Friday in Abuja.

It said the declaration was made by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, after a security review meeting on the situation in the town on Friday in Abuja.

“This is as a result of visible signs of return of normalcy to the area,’’ Bello declared.

He commended all the security operatives and stakeholders for their efforts at working toward the restoration of peace in the town.

The minister appealed to residents, community leaders and faith-based organisations to work toward the final return of peace to the town, saying it was only then peace and development would come to the community.

He called on all the residents to be alert on their neighbourhoods and to report all suspicious movements to the security agencies.

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Bello praised the residents for being law abiding and supportive of the efforts of the Administration to ensure that normalcy returned to the town

The statement also quoted the Bwari Area Council Chairman, Musa Diko, after the meeting, as calling on the security agencies to intensify joint patrols in the various neighbourhoods and contiguous border towns.

He also called for synergy and sharing of information with their colleagues in Niger, Kaduna and Nasarawa states.

The Guards Brigade, the Police, Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) had assured of their preparedness to deal with any situation likely to lead to a breach of the peace.

The curfew was relaxed last in January from 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. – 6 a.m. after the security meeting reviewed the situation.

The FCT Minister was represented at the meeting by the Secretary, Area Councils Services Secretariat, Malam Adamu Bappah, who chaired the meeting on his behalf.