Yobe Announces 12-hour Movement Restriction Ahead Of Sallah
The government of Yobe State has issued a 12-hour restriction on the movement of vehicles in the state from 10.p.m. on Saturday to 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.
It is part of strategies to ensure security during the ‘Eid prayers.
The government made the order known in Damaturu in a statement by Abdullahi Bego, a spokesman for the Governor.
The statement read: “Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has approved the placement of restriction of vehicular movement throughout the state as part of measures to ensure secure and hitch-free Eid-el-Fitr prayers marking the end of the Ramadan fast.
“Accordingly, all vehicular movement in the state is restricted with effect from 10.00p.m. tonight (Saturday 24th June 2017) to 10.00a.m. on Sunday (25th June 2017).
“The restriction is, however, conditional on the sighting of the new moon tonight and confirmation that the Eid-el-Fitr will be tomorrow, Sunday.
“If the moon has not been sighted and the Eid will be on Monday, the restriction will apply from 10.00p.m. on Sunday (25th June 2017) to 10.00a.m. on Monday (26th June 2017),” Bego said.
He said the restriction order was placed in the interest of public safety after consultations with heads of law enforcement agencies in the state.
He warned against people driving vehicles to prayer grounds and stressed that “no vehicle will be allowed in any Eid prayer ground throughout the state.”
Meanwhile, Gaidam, in an Eid el-Fitr message to the people urged Muslim faithful to use the season to pray for the country and improved health for President Muhammadu Buhari.
The restriction is coming after the Department for State Services said it arrested two suspects — Yusuf Adamu and Abdulmuminu Haladu in Sokoto in connection with s plot to bomb 4 states.
The report has increased security alert in different northeast states that Boko Haram members have terrorised in the past 8 years.
Yobe is one of the states that have suffered attacks on Muslim faithful that have gathered to pray.