El-Rufai bans Sallah parties
Kaduna state governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has banned citizens from any social gatherings in public places over fears of Boko Haram attacks.
In a statement by the Media Aide to the Governor, Malam Samuel Aruwan, the government had made the decision after a State Security Council meeting.
Aruwan stated: “The Security Council commended members of the general public for supporting the Kaduna State Government and the security agencies to uphold peace and order in the state. The Council noted that soft targets have been attacked in several states, including ours.”
He pointed out that, “Government is therefore obliged to take actions to protect citizens and increase security activity. Therefore enhanced security measures will be put implemented in places of worship, including prayer grounds. Government regrets any inconvenience to citizens that may arise from such restrictions and security activity.”
Aruwan argued that, “in other to ensure hitch-free Eid-el-Kabir celebrations and safeguard security of lives and property in the course of the Sallah festivities, the Security Council has taken measures”, adding, “all parks and recreational centres, including Gamji Gate Park, the Amusement Park, Kaduna, and other related places will not be open for social gathering.”
But he explained that, “Murtala Muhammad Square, Kaduna, will, as usual, host Eid prayers; it will, however, not be open for any social gathering or celebration except for the prayers as stated.”