The Kaduna state government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on the state following a near anarchy on Sunday.
The state almost drifted into anarchy after members of the extremist Boko Haram sect attacked three churches killing worshippers.
The attack occurred in Zaria and Kaduna. The Kaduna attacks were quickly followed by reprisals from the Christian community, killing at least 11 Muslims in the southern part of the city dominated by Christians.
The state governor declared the curfew and reportedly backed it up by a shoot at sight order to the police; a measure he said was to ensure the crisis did not degenerate.
The curfew restored calm to city, which has managed to maintain peace on a thin balance for decades.
The spokesperson for the state governor, Ruben Buhari, in a statement on Monday afternoon, said the state government was satisfied with the level of compliance with the absolute curfew.
He said the security reports before the state governor indicate that peace had returned to the state.
“The security agents are now in full control of the state,” he said in a broadcast on local radio stations.
Mr. Buhari said the curfew have now been relaxed to 12 hours, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, until security reports give a green light for a full withdrawal of the curfew
Police in mass redeployment
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered a massive deployment of conventional and anti-riot police units to trouble spots around the state.
The strategy requires the police units to operate in ‘every nook and cranny of the state’ as well as on the highways.
Also, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of ‘A’ Department, Suleiman Fakai, who coordinates Police operations in North-West Nigeria, is already in Kaduna and is personally coordinating Police operations.
The IGP, Mr. Abubakar, also said the police would work with other security agencies to restore peace in the state.
“Police, working in collaboration with other security agencies will do everything humanly and operationally possible to bring to an end these seeming endless attacks,” he said.