The curfew in two local government areas in southern Kaduna has been fully lifted. This is coming barely two weeks after the launch of military operation Harbin Kunama II.

The Kaduna State Security Council on Tuesday announced the lifting of the curfew in Jema’a and Kaura local government areas, following its weekly meeting. The curfew in Zangon Kataf local government area was earlier lifted.

A statement issued at the end of the security council meeting and signed by the Special Assistant to Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan said, “Today’s meeting received and reviewed reports from the security agencies which pointed to improvements in the security situation. Therefore the Council upheld the security recommendation that the curfew be removed with immediate effect.

“The State Security Council expressed the hope that all communities in the area will embrace the opportunities offered by the improved security situation to make sustained moves for peace and harmony.

“Speaking at the meeting, Governor  el-Rufa’i, tasked security agencies to maintain the tempo by ensuring security of life and property throughout the state.”

The security council meeting, which was chaired by el-Rufa’i, had in attendance, Commander 1 Division Garrison, Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen Ismaila Isa, Commander 453 Base Services Group, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Idi Amin, Representative of the Commandant, Nigerian Navy School of Armament, Capt SM Ochidi, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Agyole Abeh, Director DSS, Tijjani Mohammed Wakil and heads of other security agencies.